“Dear NZ wine sippers,
This week is fairly quiet, having drained & pressed the Cabernet Franc ferment the free run wine and pressings have been put into a small tank and 1 yr old barrel.
I like to nickname the tank the submarine as it quite literally looks like one. A small stainless steel tank, lying horizontally on its side with a port hatch at the top and a little turret for ease of access to taste the wine of course. Perhaps I should call it the “Red October”?
It was racked off gross lees and these lees have been consolidated into another vessel and are settling further again. With the use of both stainless steel and oak we will see a difference in the maturation of wine flavours helping to increase complexity of characteristics.
The blend is not shy in showing its future potential and I’m expecting it to develop into a vibrant, fruity, fleshy Cabernet Franc with a small portion of oak component just helping to lengthen out the palate.
To be fair it is tasting a bit awkward this week – imagine the wine personified into an awkward gangly teenager wearing a uniform slightly too big for them and an oversized schoolbag on their back. We all know they’ll grow into their roomy uniform but at the moment it’s just a bit awkward.
The Cabernet Franc still needs time to go through its secondary ferment of malolactic fermentation and this is why the wine is tasting a little angular. Time is certainly something we have on our side for this red. Tally ho for now!”
Thanks Renée, we look forward to your next update!