2022 Thousand Candles Gathering Field Cabernet Franc

Highly Rated
Trophy-Winning Cabernet Franc from one of the Yarra Valley's most stunning vineyards.

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Description

Thousand Candles is one of the Yarra Valley's most picturesque vineyards. Under the steady hands of Stuart Proud, this site is experiencing a second coming.

The Cabernet Franc is built in a classic Yarra Valley medium-bodied style. Around a third of the wine was fermented as whole bunches, giving us a beautiful lift in the glass. Floral, fragrant, supple and silky, this is a lovely example of the medium-bodied Bordeaux blends for which the Yarra has become famous.

Great farming, sturdy winemaking, and an excellent vintage all conspiring here for a delicious modern Victorian red.

96 points
"Yet another thoughtfully made, well-priced wine from Stuart Proud and the team at Thousand Candles. A bright ruby red, this poised and expressive wine delivers red cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with hints of bay leaf and pink peppercorns. Light to medium-bodied, the fruit is bright and crunchy and those chalky tannins are crying out for a barbecued lamb cutlet or the like on a warm night. A lovely example of cabernet franc." - Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

Trophy & 95 points
Best Other Red Variety
- 2023 Yarra Valley Wine Show

100% natural yeast. 30% whole bunch. 70% destemmed whole berries. The whole bunch adds to the natural lift and perfume of this wine. The ferment is treated gently with no harsh pump overs or plunging. We are aiming for bright fruit characters and soft tannins. Aged in older barriques for 9 months. Racked a few times then bottled with no fining or filtration.

96 points
"Yet another thoughtfully made, well-priced wine from Stuart Proud and the team at Thousand Candles. A bright ruby red, this poised and expressive wine delivers red cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with hints of bay leaf and pink peppercorns. Light to medium-bodied, the fruit is bright and crunchy and those chalky tannins are crying out for a barbecued lamb cutlet or the like on a warm night. A lovely example of cabernet franc." - Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

Trophy & 95 points
Best Other Red Variety
- 2023 Yarra Valley Wine Show

Thousand Candles

Thousand Candles is one of the most hallowed vineyards in the Yarra Valley and is currently in the midst of something of a resurgence. The site is managed by the rugged hands of Stuart Proud, one of the Valley's most respected viticulturalists.

Stu farms his grapes and livestock with a deep understanding of biological farming, fostering a thriving ecosystem on the property with to create the ideal environment to produce first-class fruit.

The wines that come from this site all share a common DNA, the vineyard characteristics shining through in their earthiness and impressive tannin structure. The wines of Thousand Candles are currently made by Stu who looks to minimal intervention in the winery, trusting that his hard work amongst the vines will pay dividends in the cellar.

Thus far, his impressive results speak for themselves.

Bird's Eye View over the Thousand Candles vineyard. Thousand Candles

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