2017 Mount Mary Reflexion Cabernet Franc

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A limited run of younger vine Cabernet Franc from the great Mount Mary vineyard. 95 points from Gary Walsh and only 200 dozen made.
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The Reflexion wines of Mount Mary aren't made every year. On occasion it's a label that houses declassified fruit, however here it stands as a home for an interesting stand alone wine from the 2017 vintage.

This Cabernet Franc is from younger vines as part of the rootstock replanting project underway at Mount Mary. The fruit was earmarked for Quintet but winemaker Sam Middleton felt it didn't quite fit and he liked it just on its own.

There's a splash of Merlot in the final blend for a little more flesh, but what you get in the end is an extrodinarily aromatic, vibrant example of Franc which is appealing from the get go. Drink this while you wait for Quintet to mature, would be our suggestion.

The Cabernet Franc is from a small block we planted in 2008 on rootstock. For for all intents and purposes this was a batch destined for Quintet, as per the norm. We didn't decide to leave it out until blending time, when we felt it didn't stylistically fit with the '17 blend. We loved it as a standalone wine, and looking at it in isolation we thought it would be a great fit for the Réflexion label!

This pretty, fresh style is achieved with 100% destemmed fruit but with as many whole berries as possible in ferment. This wine saw 16 months in oak (10% new). It has a very small portion of Merlot in it - about 5% - to fatten out the mid-palate ever so slightly. The result is a crunchy wine with lively acidity and great freshness. It doesn't necessarily need time in bottle; as with all Réflexion wines, it's ready to drink on release! - Sam Middleton, Mount Mary

Vineyard: South-facing slope, planted 2008 on rootstock.
Blend: 95% Cabernet franc, 5% Merlot
Fermentation: 100% destemmed; no crushing to preserve whole berries. 12 days on skins.
Maturation: 16 months in oak, 12 months in large-format foudre and four months in barrique (10% new).

95 Points - "Black jellybean, menthol, hedgerow, blackcurrant and raspberry. Medium-bodied, juicy burst but with black olive and pencil/earth savouries, buoyant, fresh, complex, dusty emery tannin, and a long and briary finish. Such a great drink. 94 or 95 points." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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    Amazing Cabernet franc

    A rare release of Cabernet Franc from mt Mary's . Beautiful drop , needs some cellaring to find its best though. Great value

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