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Grape Pickings by
Leslie Larkin

This month's pick: Passport Series - Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon

Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 13.5% Body: Medium-Full
Shelf Life After Bottling:
1.5 years

Region of origin: Riverland, Australia

The wine: Still somewhat of a rarity in Australia, Cab Franc has surged in plantings in recent years, becoming increasingly popular and desired for blends and varietal wines. This vibrant blend combines Cabernet Franc with Cabernet Sauvignon for a rich, fruity wine redolent with cherry, red berry, cassis, spice, and vanilla aromas. The palate is generous with black and red berry flavours, notes of herbs and spice, and firm tannins.

The region: This Australian blend pairs Cab Franc from Murray Darling with Cab Sauv from the Riverland Region. The Murray Darling region experiences warm to hot days, noticeably cooler nights, and receives plenty of sunshine for the grapes to soak up, allowing them to ripen fully each year. The Murray and Darling Rivers, for which the region is named, provide much needed irrigation. The neighbouring Riverland region shares the hot & dry climate, long hours of sunshine, and also benefits from the Murray River, the lifeblood of the area’s vineyards.

Food pairings : Experiment with game meats, various lamb dishes, or black pepper crusted seared tuna steaks. Prime rib, pot roast with root vegetables, or Manchego cheese with rosemary also pair well.

This is a limited edition release available exclusively at the Orléans Town Centre Wine Kitz location on St. Joseph Blvd. near the corner of Prestone Drive.

You can reserve your kit now by calling 613-841-8197 or e-mail winekitzorleans@bellnet.ca. Mention that you read about this wine in Grape Pickings and receive a $10 discount.

To read about other wines in the Passport Series visit http://winekitzorleans.ca/passport-series-2015/.




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