Fielding’s consistent take on Cabernet Franc might be labeled as boring in proportion to its lack of ego but it is getting better with each passing vintage. Winemaker Richie Roberts is comfortable with the traditional technique that follows the regimen; de-stem, minimal crush, cold soak, rack, return, pumpover, extended maceration, drain, press and 12 months, full malo-achievement in barrel. Dark berries and moments in chocolate are polite and gratifying. The oak is an accent, not a heavy brush stroke. Acidity defines fruit and in turn that fruit bites ripe and ripping. Drink 2016-2019. Score – 90.
Release Date:September 3, 2016 750 mL bottle
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By:Fielding Estate Winery
De-stemmed but minimally crushed, the grapes underwent a short cold-soak before undergoing a traditional red wine fermentation using both “rack & return” and pumpovers twice daily. After an extended maceration with skins and seeds, each lot was drained and pressed. Racked from coarse solids into barrel, the wine spent just over one year in barrel without racking or stirring, and underwent a full malo-lactic fermentation. Select barrels were chosen for this wine through a series of blind tastings, then taken off their lees and allowed to integrate together for a short period.
Alcohol: 13.0 %
Residual Sugar: 4.5g/l (sugar code = 0)
Total Acidity: 6.0g/l
Drinking best between 2016 and 2019
October 1, 2015
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About Fielding Estate Winery
Fielding Estate Winery is nestled on Niagara’s Beamsville Bench. The Fielding Family welcomes their guests to hear their story and share in their wine and memories.
The Fieldings searched the Niagara Region for the perfect location and came across the cozy Beamsville location with the rolling hills and the awe-inspiring view of Lake Ontario.
Their son, Curtis Fielding and his wife Heidi, lead the dynamic team who are passionate about winemaking and Niagara’s wine industry. When Curtis started farming, his goal was to grow the best quality wine grapes to supply the family winery with the crops to make a small batch of high quality wines. The Fieldings continue this practice and are committed to sustainable farming. Richie Roberts, winemaker, joined the team in 2007 and has led the winemaking team to success with innovative and enjoyable wines from the Fielding vineyards.
The Fieldings are proud to support the Niagara Wine Industry and participate in programs and events throughout the region, they are members of the Grape Growers of Ontario and work closely with the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University and the Niagara College Teaching Winery.
Award winning wines are one reason to visit the winery, but not the only. Throughout the year Fielding Estate Winery host many events out in the vineyards.