2018 Domaine Naturaliste Le Naturaliste Cabernet Franc

Margaret River, WA

An exceptional varietal Cabernet Franc and a new benchmark in Australia according to Ray Jordan.



A remarkable ground-breaking statement of cabernet franc in Australia.

Ray Jodan

About The Wine

The Le Naturaliste is the latest addition to Bruce Dukes' Flagship range.

A straight varietal Cabernet Franc born from Dukes' finest parcel of fruit from the heart of Margaret River - this is a stunning example of the poetential for this variety when made in a reserve style.

Think of it as Cabernet Sauvignon's sleeker, more elegant cousin. It's gracefully aromatic, and shows exceptional structure for the variety. It's Australian Cabernet Franc in full stride.

About Domaine Naturaliste

Domaine Naturaliste is a Margaret River producer to keep an eye out for.

Named James Halliday's Best Value Winery for 2020, owner/winemaker Bruce Dukes has a wealth of winemaking experience both here and abroad, including a stint at Francis Ford Coppola's iconic Niebaum Coppola winery in the Napa Valley.

His wines are made from traditional Margaret River varieties with a focus on premium Chardonnay and Cabernet that rival the best of the region.

From the top-shelf premium range to the excellent 'daily drinking' wines, everything made by the hands of Bruce is outstanding value for money!

Bruce Dukes at home in the winery
Bruce Dukes at home in the winery
Margaret River, WA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Cabernet Franc is the shy little sister of the Bordelaise family: aromatic, soft textured and boasting pristinely fine tannin and drive.

The decision to craft an expression of Margaret River as seen through the mode of this noble and ancient grape was an easy one, particularly when faced with fruit grown in the heart of Wilyabrup and on our quintessentially alimental gravel loam soils.

Subtle threads of violets, cherry blossom and fresh juniper berries serve as highlights to an ample tapestry of black plums, cacao nib and ironstone. Sheer textures of crushed granite and black cherry skin are laced with porcelain tannin and quenching natural acidity.

Blend : Cabernet Franc (100%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2040

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Ray Jordan

"This is Cabernet Franc unlike anything I have seen on this continent. A remarkable ground-breaking statement of cabernet franc in Australia. There is a sports-car power and elegant style. Perfumed violets and cherries with even a little juniper berry lift. It is fragrant beyond expectations with a depth and intensity built with structure, fine, chalky tannins and filled with black cherry and plum.” - Jay Jordan

The Wine Front

"Beautiful perfume of violet,rose and bay leaf, dusted with exotic and peppery spices, ginger biscuits, raspberry, redcurrant and boysenberry, crushed herbs and lead pencil. Yeah, that’s a lot of things, but it’s all go here. Medium-bodied, black olive and dark chocolate set in red and black fruit, lovely perfume, gravelly tannin, richness but with that strictness and ‘mineral’ feel you get from good Cabernet Franc. Finish is long, savoury and succulent at once. Margaret River, yes, but with Napa Valley intensity of flavour, if that makes sense. Excellent." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new). Dark chocolate, cassis and mulberry adorn the nose here. The palate is huge, concentrated, driven by oak but navigated by sensitive needles of violet, blackberry, licorice and aniseed. The finish is floral, as one expects cabernet franc to be, but it remains a huge wine. The florals are amplified by an engine powered by the sunshine of the 2018 vintage." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)


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