Penley Estate Francis Cabernet Franc 2021
This nouveau-style Cabernet Franc jumps from the glass all fragrance and fruit. Milk chocolate, Turkish delight and a subtle hint of herbs join with deeply intense cherry fruit. The palate is soft, supple and intensely flavorsome. A core of rolling blackberry brambles slides across your palate, bookended with fine chalky tannin. Delicate whole bunch notes add complexity and depth to the profile. This is a fragrant, delicious expression of Cabernet Franc made for immediate enjoyment.
JH95Australian Wine Companion
Juicy, bouncy, stemmy, crunchy cabernet franc: delicious. Blackberries, eucalyptus, pink peppercorns, red licorice, brine, bitter dark chocolate and even red snakes. This puts me firmly in mind of a nouveau wine from Chinon – drink it tonight to experience the joy and x-factor this wine has to offer. For those who insist on drinking cabernet throughout summer, this could be the answer. I think it would handle a gentle chill with grace.
Such purity of fresh red-berry fruit, as well as big, fragrant perfume and a leafy edge, too. So fresh. The palate has a smooth red-fruit core and offers a bright, lithe and juicy style.