Supernatural Wine Co Paranormal Cab Franc 2019

Style: Cabernet Franc

Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Vintage:  2019

Tasting Note: We had a vision of a soft, fresh, uncomplicated red wine as a counterpart to our category-defying ‘The Supernatural’ white. To this end, we worked with organically-grown Cabernet Franc from Paritua Vineyard and made the wine entirely in stainless steel to avoid imparting oak characters. “A coulis of red and black fruit gives way to raw cacao, cinnamon sticks and a stony, salty core. There is a touch of prunes which is a nod to the warmer vintage. However, where fruit would usually reside front and centre in a ‘ vin de soif ’, The Paranormal has a brooding minerality instead.” – Stephen Wong MW

Winemaking Notes: Grapes were picked by hand from low-yielding vines on the Paritua home block. De-stemmed without crushing with 10% whole bunches included in the ferment. Fermented with indigenous yeast (pied de cuve), 17 days post ferment maceration, indigenous malolactic fermentation, pressed to stainless steel and then left on its lees for nine months to develop texture. bottling with a minimal sulphur addition. Unfined. 305 dozen total production. The vineyard is a classic site for viticulture in Hawke’s Bay. In ancient times the area was blanketed by the pumice tephra of numerous Taupo volcanic events. Much of the Triangle area covers the historical (pre-1860s earthquake) riverbed of the nearby Ngaruroro River. As such, soil types include Ngatarawa Gravels, Takapau Silty-loam (free draining red metal of mixed alluvial and volcanic origin) and shallow clay-loam soils with underlying deep free draining pumice.