2018 Clandestine Vineyards #3 Cabernet Franc Margaret River – Secret. Covert. Clandestine. The single vineyard project by Vinaceous Wines.
The Clandestine Vineyards project launched on 1 July 2016 with its first offering in the single vineyard series. Joining their Clandestine range is a Cabernet Franc from Margaret River. Sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1982, this third and final wine under the Clandestine label is a homage to the wine style of the historic Loire Valley town of Chinon.
The vineyard; now some 36 years old, is quite unique and eccentric, according to Mike Kerrigan. It’s north-facing slope located in the southern sub-region of Wallcliffe is considered more than rare; the cooler micro-climate combined with the northern perspective means the best of two worlds for this site; an extended ripening period allows for fleshy, juicer and more importantly, varietal fruit.
Hand-picked, open-fermented, hand plunged and matured in older neutral French oak barriques for eleven months, this first release has intense dark purple colour and sweet, supple fruit and is a rarely produced Bordeaux varietal in Australia. A pure expression of the variety, richly coloured with layered structure and firm tannins. Cellaring potential of ten years. 2520 bottles produced.
Single Price: $34.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $25.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $300.00