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Le Vieux Pin Equinox Cabernet Franc 2016

Canada, British Columbia
Le Vieux Pin Equinox Cabernet Franc 2016
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Le Vieux Pin Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
¥24,200
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Le Vieux Pin Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.8%
Product Code B011R00616
UPC 808755017287
Inventory Very Low Stock (7)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Grilled poblano (darker) peppers, red cherry, spicy vintage cigar, saddle leather, smoked meat, dusty earthy tones and other hard to pinpoint complex aromas greet you on the nose. There is a monstrous weight behind this wine and a finish that lasts for well over a minute. A monumental wine that is a must buy for lovers of Cabernet Franc. Can be enjoyed on release for those who enjoy bold wines that don’t play coy.

Pairing

Arrachera and tripe beef fajita with Padron peppers is a personal favourite.

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

This Cabernet Franc from the single vineyard La Feuille d’Or in the heart of the Golden Mile was the first wine that opened our eyes to the potential uniqueness of the wines of the South Okanagan. The lushness and fruit intensity of the new world marries the structure, acid, nuanced aromatics and complexity of the old world.

Vinification

Équinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal heat of the day, equal cool of the night. Equal old world, equal new world.

2016 Equinoxe Cabernet Franc is a mere 2x 225l barrique production (50 cases) and only 2 cases imported to Japan. The vines were cropped at very low yields and it allowed us to capture the spirit and the very essence of this noble grape variety.

Production Amount

600
Producer

Producer Description

Le Vieux Pin takes its inspiration from the finest Rhone Valley wines Syrah and Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, while embracing the specific terroir of the famous Black Sage Bench overlooking the valley. The goal at Le Vieux Pin is to make wines that capture the essence of French winemaking tradition, but with the fruit and character of the New World; wines that are elegant and focused, with great intensity of fruit. Though extremely limited in production, these wines have found homes in Top European restaurants and are available in minute quantities here in Japan with us now.

Since releasing their first vintage in 2005, Le Vieux Pin has captured the essence of traditional French winemaking, along with the bold New World character distinct to the region. Considered by the national wine industry to be a leading Syrah producer, the winery uses low input viticulture and non- interventionist winemaking to make exclusive vintages that carry with them a sense of time and place. These fine wines can be savoured nationwide and internationally, at select culinary hot spots, gastronomical institutions and fine wine merchants.

Severine Pinte - Winemaker & Viticulturist, Managing Partner

Severine Pinte

Severine Pinte came to Le Vieux Pin in 2010 with 14 harvests of international winemaking experience under her belt along with 8 years of vineyard management. Severine is a graduate of the illustrious ENSAM (Ecole National Superior Agronomic of Montpellier) where she acquired her Masters in viticulture and oenology, and her National Diploma of Oenology.After leaving ENSAM she apprenticed at the Cave de Tecou in the AOC Gaillac before coming for the first time to British Columbia to work for Domaine de Chaberton as an assistant winemaker. In 1999 she returned to France and worked a year in Bordeaux under the direction of Andre Lurton in Pessac-Leognan then returned to the Languedoc. For nine years Severine was head winemaker and viticultural council for ‘Le Vignoble des 2 terres’ in the Terrasse du Larzac terroir.

In the winter of 2003, she took leave for harvest at Frankland Estate winery in Western Australia and enjoyed learning a different take on her beloved Syrah and Viognier.Curiosity and the pursuit of new challenges brought Severine to the Okanagan and she brought with her an astute understanding of wine and terroir. Her favorite quote is from Jean Hugel: “100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality.”

For her, the Okanagan, with its unique terroir and cool climate, has always been intriguing.We are delighted to have Severine leading our viticulture and winemaking team; she is the perfect candidate to craft world class Syrah and Viognier in the South Okanagan.

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