Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Franc 2016
94pts - James Halliday, The Wine Companion
Leconfield was established in 1974 by pioneering oenologist Sydney Hamilton. They are renowned for their modern approach, producing high quality wines which are sought after all around the world. Leconfield is situated in the heart of Australia’s famous Coonawarra with its rich Terra Rosa soil over limestone providing the ideal environment for growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon.
Leconfield's Cabernet Franc vineyard was planted in 1982 and they have only occasionally released a single varietal wine when conditions have provided an outstanding example of the variety. Harvest for the 2016 was on the 7th March and, after 7 days in a small fermenter, the wine was racked and then matured in 4-5 year old hogsheads for 15 months so as to add complexity to the wine without unduly masking the fruit with excessive oak.
"Released as a single varietal only in outstanding vintages, matured in used hogsheads for 15 months. This certainly meets the Leconfield criteria for release. It has fragrance, verging on perfume, the medium-bodied palate with juicy red and purple berry fruits, the tannins positively silky. All the right decisions were made in vinification."
On the nose this Cabernet Franc shows elegant, ripe mulberry fruits, with a hint of dark chocolate. The palate is elegantly textured, with roundness and a long length. Silky tannins roll over the tongue to give a creamy sensation. The flavours show ripe boysenberry characters, and dark hedgerow fruits. An absolutely cracking match to game, sausages or veggie lasagne. Drinking very well now but will also cellar very well for up to 10 years.
|Country Of Origin||Australia|
|Serving Suggestion||Serve Room Temperature|
|Food Pairing||Beef, Game, Pork, Sausage|