2017 Airlie Bank Franc
Juicy and seductive. Fernet branca, earth, and fruit of the bramble. Tonic, red licorice and clove – Tim Shand, Head Winemaker
2017 is a very promising vintage, that may prove to be one of the best seen in the Yarra Valley in recent memory.
Plentiful frosty nights and heavy rains in winter delayed budburst, and spring continued in this mild (and wet) fashion. We had excellent canopies with slowly developing bunches. The mild conditions persisted into January and February. Warm, sunny days (not too warm) with crisp nights and mornings. Perfect for slow ripening, delicate flavours and acid retention. There was no disease threat from rain, and we harvested at leisure.
Meet Franc! 100% whole bunch. An alternative approach to the oldest of wine grapes. All bunches went into the fermenter. Foot stomped once a day. Racked once by gravity. Bottled while bursting with juvenile charm. Minimal adds, no finings.
$22 / 750ml Bottle