Celebrate the new 2005 vintage and the Holiday Season!
introduces our 2005 Cabernet Franc Nouveau wine. Borrowing from the
traditions of the famous Nouveau wines of Beaujolais, this fresh, fruity,
and friendly aromatic red wine celebrates the 2005 vintage. Release
is on the third Thursday in November!
Cabernet Franc Nouveau is the perfect festive wine for the holiday season.
The ripe fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry, refreshing acidity,
and light texture of the wine are wonderful complements to turkey and
light holiday fare.
Nouveau is Made
Three tons of our
estate Cabernet Franc grapes were hand harvested on October 13, 2005
and fermented using traditional “carbonic maceration”. The
clusters of grapes were left completely intact (whole) and transferred
to a stainless steel tank. The tank was sealed, filled with carbon dioxide
to blanket the grapes, and kept warm (80 to 90 F). In this environment,
enzymatic fermentation occurs in the whole berries producing a few degrees
of alcohol and the jazzy, fruity character typical of nouveau wines.
Inevitably, the weight of the grapes crushes those near the bottom thereby
producing free run juice. This juice is fermented using yeast (GRE)
that had been added to the tank prior to filling.
Then, this partially
fermented fruit is pressed and the resulting juice goes through a malolactic
fermentation with encouragement by our winemaking team (threats, loud
music, and dancing around the tank). The wine ferments to dryness over
the next four days and is bottled in mid-November. From vine to bottle
in just 4 weeks!
2005 Cabernet Franc
Nouveau from Sheldrake Point – a unique Finger Lakes vinous experience
for this holiday season and great value at $7.99 (approximate shelf
price). Order it