Crawford River
Cabernet Franc 2018
Henty, Victoria

$45.00

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Style: Red: Medium bodied, dark fruits, silky.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Cabernet Franc 100%

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays  permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Used French Barriques

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Bordeaux Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: One of the newer wines to the Crawford River range and what a cracker it is! Hand harvested and de-stemmed only (no crushed fruit) to small, open fermenters.  After roughly 1 week of cold soak, natural fermentation commenced.  Hand plunged, with fermentation at moderate temperatures and pressed when dry.  Settled in tank and racked to barrel moderately clean.  I year in used French barriques.  No added acid.  Not fined. Not cold stabilised.  Minimal sulphur addition.  Minimal handling. Simple!! Wonderful concentration of fruit on the nose – dark cherry and dark plum jump from the glass. With that a rich and layered display of spice. The palate is concentrated and medium bodied. Silky with very fine tannins. Superb wine.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

John and Catherine Thomson planted the vineyard in 1975 at Crawford River, in far south-west Victoria. They were inspired by its potential to produce superior quality grapes after researching & experiencing many grape growing areas of the world. It was a relatively unexplored wine growing region and indeed remains merely a blot on the canvas. Although the area is now known as the GI of Henty. Presiding over gently undulating grazing lands with sprawling forests in the distance, Crawford River has paved the way for the industry in what is traditionally a wool, beef and dairy region. The winery atop the hill and the vineyard hugging the slope nestled in the midst of a large sheep and cattle station that John’s great-grandfather settled in 1884.
Since the initial plantings in the mid 1970 ́s, there have been 2 more small plantings. Believing in the fine quality of the Semillon included in the original plantings, John and Catherine added another 0.7 Ha of the variety in the early 1990 ́s.

In 2000, another block of Riesling & Cabernet was added, which now produces the Young Vines Riesling & Rose wines. The cool southerly latitude together with the maritime environment, complex soil structure and favourable micro-climate create a terroir which has justified the initial vision.

Belinda Thomson, elder daughter of John and Catherine, returned home at the end of 2004 after completing her studies in Oenology and Viticulture and pursuing several vintages in various European locations. As of 2014 she has found her way home to be dedicated full time to the family team.

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Review

Style: Red: Medium bodied, dark fruits, silky.

Producer: Crawford River

Region: Henty, Victoria

Grape: Cabernet Franc 100%

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Gravelly, friable, basalt loam overlays  permeable clay which in turn lies above a limestone base.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Used French Barriques

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Bordeaux Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: One of the newer wines to the Crawford River range and what a cracker it is! Hand harvested and de-stemmed only (no crushed fruit) to small, open fermenters.  After roughly 1 week of cold soak, natural fermentation commenced.  Hand plunged, with fermentation at moderate temperatures and pressed when dry.  Settled in tank and racked to barrel moderately clean.  I year in used French barriques.  No added acid.  Not fined. Not cold stabilised.  Minimal sulphur addition.  Minimal handling. Simple!! Wonderful concentration of fruit on the nose – dark cherry and dark plum jump from the glass. With that a rich and layered display of spice. The palate is concentrated and medium bodied. Silky with very fine tannins. Superb wine.

Sebastian Crowther MS