Cabernet Franc 2018


Tasting Notes

Single varietal releases of Cabernet Franc are rare in Australia and Paracombe’s Cabernet Franc is considered one of the finest examples. Initially released in 1993, we’ve released a vintage every year since.

Matured in seasoned French Oak barrels, this vintage has delivered a wine with lifted berry, violets and spicy aromas. The palate provides alluring soft fruit, aniseed spice, fine tannin and a lingering finish. Enjoy now or will please with cellaring.

With its gentle style our Cabernet Franc is suited to mushroom & game dishes.

What the reviewers are saying

Paracombe has been a long-time leader in growing and making cabernet franc; its vineyard is mature, as its expertise in handling the variety. The wine has a fragrance all of its own, spanning violets and fresh tobacco, the palate with sweet berries and spiced poached plum. James Halliday



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Wine Information

Vintage: 2018
Region: Adelaide Hills
Variety: Cabernet Franc 100%
Vineyard & Site Climate: Harvested exclusively from the original 1983 plantings of the Paracombe vineyard. Grown on the driest section of our vineyard along with the most ironstone concentrated soils on our block
Alc: 14.0%
Production: 333 cases (12 x 750mL)

Award/Accolade History

2018 Vintage; 9.4/10 Max Crus Wine Commentator, 91 Points Halliday Wine Companion
2017 Vintage; 94 Points Rob Geddes MW
2016 Vintage; 91 Points Nick Stock
2015 Vintage; Gold 2020 Sydney International Wine Competition, 91 Points Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
2014 Vintage; 92 Points Halliday Wine Companion, 90 Points
2013 Vintage; 93 Points Halliday Wine Companion
2012 Vintage; 94 Points Halliday Wine Companion, 90 Points
2011 Vintage; 93 Points Rob Geddes MW
2010 Vintage; Blue Gold 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition, 95 Points Rob Geddes MW, 94 Points Halliday Wine Companion
2009 Vintage; 90 Points Rob Geddes MW
2008 Vintage; 90 Points Halliday Wine Companion, 90 Points Rob Geddes MW
2004 Vintage; 91 Points Halliday Wine Companion
2001 Vintage; 3 Trophy’s 2002 Adelaide Hills Wine Show, Wine of Show, Best Red Wine of Show & Best Other Red Wine of Show
2000 Vintage; 2 Trophy’s 2001 Adelaide Hills Wine Show, Best Red Wine of Show & Best Other Red Wine of Show
1995 Vintage; Gold 1996 Royal Hobart Wine Show