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Ma Petite Francine is a brilliant, ‘nouveau’ take on a single vineyard Cabernet Franc. Sourced from the Coldstream Hills region in the Yarra Valley, Francine is made in a super approachable, drink now style. Lighter-bodied reds, oh how we love thee. The fruit receives 100% carbonic maceration (a technique most famously utilised in Beaujolais whereby the majority of the juice is fermented whilst still inside the skins) and is 100% whole bunch pressed. This works perfectly with the high-toned aromatics of Cab Franc, accentuating the herbal, funky characters alongside the perky fruit. Gary says it's the best version of Francine he's made to date. In the end, the wine just screams ‘drink me’. Funky enough to thrill the true wine geeks out there and novices alike. Francine ticks a lot of boxes and is a great intro into Gary’s range. Enjoy.
What it Tastes Like
"Fruitiness, freshness, ease of drinking, a sloshy-bright texture and a gulpable feel. Locked and loaded. It’s muddied black and red berry scents, sniff of herbs, anise whiff, scent of ripe plum. The palate is, as above, loose-knit, but there’s a burst of wicked acidity to keep the thing tidy and fresh. Finishes with amaro-like herb-spice, sweet-sour and a chomp of tannins. Great drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
91 points. "Fruitiness, freshness, ease of drinking, a sloshy-bright texture and a gulpable feel. Locked and loaded. It’s muddied black and red berry scents, sniff of herbs, anise whiff, scent of ripe plum. The palate is, as above, loose-knit, but there’s a burst of wicked acidity to keep the thing tidy and fresh. Finishes with amaro-like herb-spice, sweet-sour and a chomp of tannins. Great drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
Gary Mills is a rockstar of Victorian wine. His Jamsheed wines are amongst the most exciting in the country: thrilling, authentic wines packed with personality. Campbell Mattinson labelled him “a leading producer”, Jamie Good called him “the new face of Australian wine” and Matthew Jukes went as far as to call the wine of Jamsheed “a revelation”. With a specific focus on the regional differences in Victorian Syrah for his Jamsheed range, Gary has been one of the loudest advocates for the inclusion of whole bunch ferments and was ahead of the curve in creating minimal intervention wines that naturally convey the characteristics of their respective vineyards. Wild, electric and a little left of centre, Jamsheed is one of the Victoria’s most compelling producers.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
C’Franc, as it is affectionately know, is often one of the more overlooked varieties from the Bordeaux region. Traditionally used as mainly a blending variety, this grape has been experiencing somewhat of a reinvigoration lately as more and more producers recognise its potential to create highly aromatic, crunchy and delectable reds in its own right.
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