Airlie Bank 2018 Cabernet Franc (750ml)

Style: Cabernet Franc

Region: Yarra Valley, VIC

Vintage:  2018

100% Cabernet Franc, with all the bunches going into the fermenter. Foot stomped once a day; pressed to large, neutral oak. Racked once by gravity; no finings. Very attractive bright ruby with a purple edge. Lifted raspberry, cherry, some bubblegum character; amaro notes too. Nice to sniff thanks to good lift to those red fruits. Entry has good, fresh fruit hit straight up front, a bit more tannin than in previous years but fruity and fine in nature. Nice bitter herb and pepperiness round the edges, and it's got a pulsing liveliness to it. Really satisfying, moreish drink - and there's finesse there, too. Raspberry fruit lingers on finish. - Ed Merrison, CellarHand