Betz Cuvee Frangin 2012



The Cuvée Frangin or "Little Brother Cuvée, refers to several aspects of the positioning of this wine. It is the only wine Betz make to blend Bordeaux and Rhone varietals, traditional "brothers" in their cellar, and is a lower-priced, more value-orientated "baby Betz." An appealing deep, dark red core and lively, ruby-coloured edge, reflecting its youth and vitality. Smoky dark plums and candied black raspberry dominate the nose, with subtle gravel, dried thyme and soft leather aromas. Cabernet takes over on the palate, delivering a vibrant, polished mouthfeel that demands attention. This structure is softened by plentiful ripe, black cherry and plums, with a hint of toffee and leather. There's a sense of weight to Cuvée Frangin and it finishes with a lovely smokiness.

The grapes for this wine come from vineyards located in the eastern Yakima Valley, but primarily on Red Mountain. At 325-400 metres elevation, the windy site has excellent drainage and a steep, south-eastern aspect. Soils are composed of Hezel sandy loam, silt loam and ancient riverbed. The area is very dry, with just 12cm of annual rainfall.

A moderate spring led to a warm summer where temperatures slowly increased. The heat in August ensured above average heat accumulation for the year. This was followed by a long and gentle autumn creating predictable and satisfying results in the vineyards.

The fruit was placed into open top fermenters where it remained for six to eight days. The must then went into a basket press before the wine went into barrel for malolactic fermentation. The declassified barrels are from the same vineyard sources as the core wines, all selected at blending. The wine was allowed to age for 12 months in 20% new French oak

36% Merlot
26% Syrah/Shiraz
23% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Petit Verdot

14.5% abv

Betz Cuvee Frangin 2012
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