Domaine Naturaliste Le Naturaliste Cabernet Franc 2019

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There are not many Cabernet Francs in Australia that can genuinely stand up to be bottled on their own without the support of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. I daresay this is probably quite a small make and from some carefully chosen blocks to get this kind of quality.

Bright deep ruby in colour, it opens with a generous array of fruits – redcurrant and blackcurrant with toasty oak showing impressive concentration and focus. What I like most here though is the savoury aspect – graphite and gravel notes that offset that delightfully sweet fruits – it makes quite the package. The fruit is then beautifully supported by an immaculate structure – firm mouthcoating tannins and balanced, fresh acidity sitting perfectly with rich fruit. Despite those tannins it is also supremely elegant all the way through to a long and meandering finish. Vibrant and energetic, this is a wine with much to offer over the next ten years and probably longer.

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