Grape Varieties

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned grape grown primarily for crafting adventurous and delicious wine blends. The parent grape of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it creates robust and complex blends and is one of the permitted grape varieties in the classic Bordeaux wine.

Where is Cabernet Franc grown?

Originating in the Libournais region of southwest France, Cabernet Franc is now synonymous with Bordeaux and The Loire Valley regions. It can also be found growing across the globe in countries such as Spain, the USA, and Australia.

Cabernet Franc grapes enjoy the South Australian climate in regions including Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, where our Esulé ‘Woman with Gun’ Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon blend originates.

Cabernet Franc wine style and character

The black-skinned grapes create medium-bodied red wines with moderate tannins.
While similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc wines are lighter with fresh fruit flavours backed by distinct herbaceous notes such as tobacco or green bell pepper.

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Tasting notes

Wines using Cabernet Franc grapes tend to be surprisingly refreshing thanks to their high acidity. Cabernet Franc wines have a cacophony of flavours combining fruity bases with earthy tones. Red fruit flavours of strawberries, cherries and raspberries balance with the savoury characteristics of dried herbs, fresh mint and pepper. A delicate yet aromatic creation.

Food pairings

Wines like Cabernet Franc are made from grapes high in acidity and make food-friendly wines. The high acidity pairs well with rich tomato-based dishes.

Cabernet Franc wines also pair well with barbecued meats and rich flavours. Cabernet Franc will be a good match whether you’re cooking baby back ribs, pulled pork or burgers.

For vegetarians, pair Cabernet France with earthy veggies like mushrooms, lentils, aubergines and beans, so whatever your tastes, you can enjoy the harmonious balance of flavours.

How to serve Cabernet Franc

Chilling your Cabernet Franc in the fridge for 15 minutes from room temperature will help bring out the wine’s variety and layers of flavour without dulling it down.

A large Bordeaux wine glass is ideal for serving Cabernet Franc wines. The wide opening helps to smooth the tannins, and the glass size allows the wine to aerate, allowing the aromas to develop so you can appreciate the wine at its best.