2018 RIKARD Cabernet Franc


Our 1st ever release of Cabernet Franc! Fruit sourced for this wine from the Canobolas Smith vineyard in Orange.

Colour: Deep red.

Nose: Raspberry & chocolate. There is a whiff of dark roasted coffee and an underlying thread of oven-roasted tomatoes.

Palate: Deep & rich. The palate has intensity and drive. There’s a lovely contrast between the red-fruited elegance and the dark brooding savouriness. Soft plush tannins and mouthfeel. Lingering finish.

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An ode to Murray Smith – a mentor & one of Orange’s pioneer winemakers who began in the 1980’s. Cabernet Franc is a single varietal that has a big future in Orange.

It’s a variety that has had a big impact on my winemaking career. I 1st played with it at Canobolas Smith as a cellar hand in 2001. It has a restrained power – like a bodybuilder in a tuxedo! The tannin structure is best described as “velvet” and then there’s all those pretty florals wrapped around it, dancing across the palate to the beat of a chocolate/coffee base.