REVIEW: 2012 Cabernet Franc Icewine, Estate Bottled

Friday, January 23
Krista Lamb 

"I love Niagara Cabernet Franc and am always interested in how winemakers use this more savoury grape in icewine. The CDC 2012 was a good example of how you can do something a little different with icewine and still keep the most important characteristics. I got a great licorice note on this wine on the first few sips and then it developed more ripe berry and candied fruit qualities. It was nicely balanced and didn't feel overpoweringly sweet. I paired it with a lamington (Australian white cake with chocolate and coconut) from Kanga quite successfully. The cake wasn't overly sweet, so it didn't overpower the icewine."