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    Wantirna Estate ‘Hannah’ Cabernet Franc Merlot 2017

    Wantirna Estate ‘Hannah’ Cabernet Franc Merlot 2017

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    "One of the most fragrant smells to waft out of the winery during vintage is from the fermentation of the parcels of Cabernet Franc. So beautifully fruity with a blackcurrant aroma you can almost taste. Cabernet Franc is of course related to Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, along with Sauvignon blanc, it’s the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite this, it is often mistakenly confused with Merlot. For many years when Merlot vine cuttings were ordered by the vigneron, it was Cabernet Franc that was delivered. The mistake came from the great similarity in the shape of both varieties’ leaves. While they are easy to tell apart once the clusters are formed, the best way to identify them in early spring is by the colour of the growing tips – Merlot is white, and Cabernet Franc has bronze growing tips.

    In our old original 1963 block we have quite the mix of Cabernet Franc and Merlot but as they ripen at a similar time, we harvest them together each year. In the “new” block – planted in 1985 – there are specific rows of just Merlot, and just Cabernet Franc. Both varieties tend to over-crop, so we always try to prune quite hard to limit the amount of buds per vine. Some years we also do a summer bunch thin to ensure that the vine remains well balanced and we can produce the very best grapes for the vintage. The Hannah is aged in one new French oak barrel of 225 litres. By the time the wine is racked to the bottling machine, less than 280 bottles are made." – Maryann Egan, Wantirna Estate



    • Cellaring

      10+ Years
    • Varieties

      Cabernet Franc Blend
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