2018 Blood Moon Wines Eruption! Cabernet Franc

Energetic whole bunch Cab Franc with a splash of Riesling for extra pop!

Sale price$32.00


This ultra-juicy Sunbury Cab Franc was made by the three lads at Bloodmoon winery.

The trio, Matthew, Glenn and Alex met during their oenology and viticulture studies, kicking off their own project in 2014.

Under a blood moon they pressed their first small parcel of Yarra Shiraz. Since then their partnership has blossomed.

Matthew has farmed this vineyard in Riddells Creek at the northern end of the Sunbury appellation since 2015. The vines are 30-years-old. There's Riesling and Chenin there too.

This juicy, succulent Cab Franc was tricked up with a splash of Riesling for a little extra zip through the palate and a lift of floral aromatics. It's a strange but delicious varietal partnership that works a treat.

Vineyard - Located in the cooler, elevated area near Riddells Creek at the northern end of the Sunbury appellation, the 30 year old Cabernet Franc vines are planted on shallow granitic soils that straddle the edge of the gorge that drains into the Longview Creek.

Matthew took over management of the Franc, Riesling and Chenin blocks of this vineyard for Blood Moon in 2015. A rigorous pruning regime was undertaken to retrain vines, which resulted in a low yield for that first harvest. Mulching to suppress weeds, retain moisture and promote soil health has seen a return to sustainable yields without sacrificing quality.

Winemaking - Hand-picked in mid April, Cab Franc whole bunches (with a tiny amount of Riesling) were sealed up and allowed to undergo carbonic maceration for two weeks, before a gentle stomping to release some juice. Indigenous yeasts completed fermentation. Juice poured over by hand once a day before being basket-pressed to barrel for winter. No additions, fining or filtering.

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