Boree Lane Orange Cabernet Sauvignon + Franc 2012
A blend of 50/50 Cab and Cab Franc. This is a more traditional Orange Cab blend from the Boree Lane Vineyard, which sits in the lower, slightly warmer part of Orange (ie good Cab/Franc country). Made by Will Richard Bell.
Every bit the Orange ‘Claret’ it is too. Light ruby red, this is a gently fragrant style with tobacco, red fruit and a leafy edge. Softly, softly, with Cab Franc playing a strong hand. Dry, utterly savoury and just mid-weight,it is by acidity and light tannins with a lift of crunchy red fruit through the middle.
Charming and understated, if notably acidic, this would be work with a long decant and slow cooked meat. May never win a wine show trophy, however…
Best drinking: 2018-2029. 17.5/20, 91/100+. 13.5%, $25. Would I buy it? A glass or two would be very pleasant.