Southbrook Small Lot Cabernet Franc (750ml)
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Southbrook Vineyards was founded by Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier out of their love for wine, the land, and all things “local.” The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. From their purchase of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard in 2005, the Redelmeiers committed their energies to sustainable viticulture. By 2008, they had created the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification for its vineyard and winery. Their wines earn recognition, from critics and consumers alike, year after year.
The wine presents a nose of red currant with notes of raspberry, savoury herbs and cedar wood. The palate echoes the fruit aromas supported by medium toast and firm tannins. The finish is of medium length and is driven by both fruit and savoury notes.
Unmistakably franc, this full-bodied organic red nods respectfully in the direction of the Loire Valley with a subtle bell-pepper essence that typifies many Chinons and Bourgueils. Yet there’s plenty of ripe, sweet berry fruit up front along with whispers of cedar and spicy black pepper. – Beppi Crosariol, GlobeandMail.com