2017 Clandestine #3 Cabernet Franc
The Clandestine Vineyards #3 Cabernet Franc is the third offering from the single vineyards project by Vinaceous Wines. Select vineyards are chosen specifically for their regional historical significance, with the terroir being expressed through the wine.
Halliday – 93 points
Hand-picked, open-fermented, matured for 11 months in French barriques. Very good depth and hue; hints of cedar and cigar on the intense black and purple fruit, tannins a gloss on the French more than within it. Striking Wine.
Ray Jordan – Score: 94/100
This is a variety that in Australia is normally a blending option but when you get some good fruit then a varietal becomes a distinct possibility. This turned out to be a bloody good idea. Highly scented as you would imagine and with a palate that has presence and poise, while retaining a regal elegance. Comes from a special vineyard in Wallcliffe. Very promising
Huon Hooke’s The Real Review’ – 93 points
A fragrant, vibrant, varietal cabernet franc with commendable fruit energy and excellent mid-palate concentration. Good palate tension and dark berry intensity. The tannins are sculptural and appropriate, and the oak is a mere shadow.