VARIETAL: Cabernet Franc
REGION: Okanagan - Golden Mile Bench
ALCOHOL: 14.9 %
BOTTLE SIZE: 750 mL
WINEMAKER: Jason Parkes
Farmed in a prestigious small vineyard along the new Golden Mile Bench appellation, Desert Valley Vineyard is a perfect home for muscular Cabernet Franc. It should almost go without saying our excitement for this variety in The Okanagan, and this Swift embodies the potential for Franc in a New World and robust style.
The Desert Valley Vineyard lays upon a unique climate and soil type. Being on the Western Slope, this gets mostly direct morning sun which creates longer and cooler growing conditions in a paradoxical sense in the heat of the South Okanagan. The soil itself is super rocky, old alluvial river bed type. The adage we’ve applied to soil is ‘With Clay-Limestone, you taste the soil. In river rocks, you taste the grapes’ and this shows in the wine; the classic notes of bright raspberry, pencil lead and some mint and eucalyptus undertones shine right through despite the overt intensity of the wine itself. The wine was raised in French oak barrels for 16 months, half of which were new.
Featured in Top Cabernet Francs of the world - http://enobytes.com/2018/04/24/cabernet-franc-report/