In the glass, a light scintillating salmon colour with rose petal reflections. On the nose, a cascade of stonefruit, wet river rocks and flint is supported by stimulating wild berry undertones. The palate is elegantly light, with ethereal and energizing suggestions of wild strawberries and red fruit. Light is the new complex.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc Alcohol: 10% TA: 8.0 g/L pH: 3.42 RS: 17 g/L Brix (avg. at harvest): 17° Service Temp: 8°C Recommended drinking: 2020-2023
Hand crafted with no chemical additions, naturally occurring wine tartrates, or affectionately known by industry professionals as “wine diamonds”, may be visible in some bottles.
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This vintage is a story of how one wine’s loss became another wine’s gain.
For the last three years, a precedent had been set that if an extraordinary red wine was to emerge at Benjamin Bridge, it would undoubtedly hail from a resilient 25-year-old parcel of Cabernet Franc on the banks of the Habitant Estuary. Recently converted to organic viticulture, this reinvigorated ecosystem had routinely produced a Cabernet Franc (red) of uncommon depth and texture, and nothing seemed capable of slowing down the ascent of this wine.
When Hurricane Dorian struck in September of 2019, the halt on ripening prevented the fruit from that very parcel from reaching the maturity levels required to live up to the stylistic precedent of previous red wine vintages.
However, one lesson learned from European vintages featuring various degrees of declassification for Port, First Growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy is that sacrificing the top wine often results in generational value and quality in the second wine, as they are exceptionally made from the same parcels as the iconic reference.
On an exceptional basis, the 2019 Cab Franc Rosé is featuring 100% of the fruit traditionally destined for our small-lot, barrel aged Cabernet Franc Red, making this vintage one of our most anticipated rosé releases. 100% wild fermented with no additions.