Not many winemakers around Australia have got their heads around cabernet franc. But when done right this is a grape variety that can be every bit as good as cabernet sauvignon, if in a more elegant style. This version, with 7% merlot and 5% cabernet sauvignon, is the complete package with its deep colour followed by a beautifully complex and fragrant bouquet – leaf, graphite and violets over a rich bed of blackberries. Dry and only mid weight but it displays a powerful core of dark yet subtle fruits with a surprisingly firm structure before a long and impressive finish. Oak is a little out there right now but give it five years and this wine will really sing.
Hoosegg Jade Moon Cabernet Franc 2017