Tuesday, 28 June 2011

2006 Louee Cabernet Franc

Tasted June 2011, the wine comes from the Rylstone sub region, which is just outside Mudgee NSW. 

An interesting wine, Brick to Ruby red in colour which is followed up by a very complex and lovely bouquet. Initially you could be forgiven for identifying this as a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cedar, cigar box and mint mingle with a some green vegetal characters. There is however also a softer side of fruit, spice and rose petal coming through, perhaps indicative of the variety.  The palate has lovely fruit sweetness of cassis, cherry and blueberry. This is balanced by some lovely darker savoury notes of leather, earth, oak and mocha. The tannins are gentle and fine, but draw the wine to a sculpted finish in the mouth.

The loveliness of the wine comes, I think, from the firmer characteristics (think of my Cab Sauv comparison) being tempered to an extent by the softer fruit and brighter aromatics of Cabernet Franc. Terroir, I'm sure also plays it's part in the generous character of this wine.

Really good stuff, 91.

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