2021 Shobbrook Cabernet Franc27452066
WINEMAKER: Tom Shobbrook
VARIETAL: Cabernet Franc
REGION: Barossa Valley, SA
"The Cab franc 2021 from this second release is looking even more exciting than the 2020. I was happy with last years, if not a little impressed. The latest version however is a bottle of excitement. The tiny little berries from Vine Vale give great concentration, bright fruit and lovely tannins. There is no way to avoid this powerful yet supple ink that these vines seem to give us.
Alongside the likes of James Erskine (Jauma) and Anton van Klopper (Lucy M), Tom Shobbrook is one of the most important figures in Australian natural wine. "After 12 years of growing grapes and making wines on our farm in Seppeltsfield things have come to an end. We now have 2 hectares of vines in Flaxman Valley which will give us some fruit in the harvest of 2019. It won't be much but it will be very exciting to taste fruit from the vines we grew from cuttings in our nursery at home. We will eventually end up with around 5 hectares of vines and a mixed orchard of fruit and nut trees. The Farm sits at 540 meters above the ocean. The soils are old and acidic consisting of sandy loam over yellow orange clay. The sandy loam profile is scattered with rose quartz while the clay layers have shadows of mica."