GrapeMoments – “Wine of the Year”: Cabernet Franc?

B1ockOne Paradise Rescued Bordeaux #CabernetFranc

At Paradise Rescued, I increasingly receive more and more enquiries from many destinations – Canada, USA, Brazil, UK, etc looking for a supply of our B1ockOne Bordeaux Cabernet Franc. As I read through the kind emails, there is more than just recognition of our brand presence. Sure, our message of hand crafted organically produced 100% varietal Bordeaux Cabernet Franc is resonating out there through our fairly extensive social media programme, which continues to prove the success of this marketing channel. And we like that.

But there is more. What I am also reading about is a big growing interest in Cabernet Franc itself arising from a new perspective of this amazing varietal, driven by increased plantings in the USA and South America. In addition, there is a realisation that Cabernet Franc is an exceptional wine and not a distant long lost minor rescue project cousin of the other Cabernet. Even with Bordeaux wines, I see an increased enthusiasm to discover that there really is a significant hidden third red wine grape in many assemblage blends adding that something extra special and subtle to the heavy doses of Merlot and Cab Sav. Which in most cases, is successfully (?) disguised by the traditional lack of printed information about its composition on the label.

The Cabernet Franc varietal possesses some fine properties for a wine that has been overlooked for too long in a world of “big reds”

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Paradise Rescued Founder David Stannard sampling the 2015 Cabernet Franc

Paradise Rescued Founder David Stannard sampling the results of the beautiful 2015 Cabernet Franc vintage.

Very simply Cabernet Franc is a beautiful princess of a wine with superb fine wine properties. Previously we have called them “”! Cabernet Franc makes wine that is Soft, Seductive, Smooth, Subtle and Spicy. And maybe as the wine world increasingly enjoys this beautiful grape, in a very short time we predict that you will be able to add another S to that – Sexy!

CabFranc provides a very versatile wine for drinkers. It is a very food-friendly wine that pairs with a good range of courses and produce including cheeses, roast meats and also heavier fish. At the same time, it is light enough to be drunk as an aperitif.

Cabernet Franc is our nomination for “Wine of the Year” 2016. Can anyone offer a better alternative? Let’s see….[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]