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Product Technical Sheet :
Cabernet Franc 2013
This wine is made from the Aurora Vineyard in the mountains of the Batroun district in North Lebanon grown in terraces made of argillic soil at an altitude of 850 meters. Total production is about 1500 bottles per year.
The number of grapes per vine is tightly controlled to keep only 10-12 grapes per vine. This wine is monovarietal made purely of Cabernet Franc grapes.
Winemaking and Cellar Practices
Grape harvest is made by hand, typically the first or second week of September. The goal is to pick at a sugar content and maturity levels that would provide an optimal juice density and preserve the natural acidity and
the fresh aromas of the grapes. Grapes are squeeze-crushed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and after malolactic fermentation is completed, required amount of the sulfite (SO2) is added.
After 1-2 rackings, the wine is left to age for 12 months in oak barrels; both American and French oak are used. The wine is then fined and bottled without blending approximately 2 years from harvest.