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Product Technical Sheet :
Cabernet Franc 2012
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.
The color is brisk and slightly dark red, the nose is soft and fresh. The body is discrete and silky, mildly fruity with red fruit dominance. The attack is wide and balanced in mouth, with a crisp mouthfeel and intense finish.
Harvest Dates: September 7, 2012
Harvest Brix: 23.5
Total Acidity: 5.1g/l
Total Sulfur Dioxide: 107.7mg/l
Volatile acidity: 0.7g/l
Final Blend: Cabernet Franc (100%)
Bottling Date: June 20, 2013
Production: 70 twelve pack cases