Dark ruby, headed into purple territory. Eucalyptus and tons and tons of eucalyptus explode out of the nose. Wow, this is sounding like a Napa Cab I opened on here last week. This one, while containing more eucalyptus than I am comfortable with, has a dark cherry backdrop and a deep citrus acid which buoys things along. Decanted heavily, the eucalyptus fades considerably, leaving bright earthy fruit and noticeable alcohol.
I’ll say it again, I LOVE eucalyptus. And there’s always going to be vineyards–Napa AND Australia–in which eucalyptus will be prominent. And it is an interesting part of terroir. But you have to be a pretty serious eucalyptus lover to get into this wine.
In the mouth, young, extremely acidic fruit, borne on a sort of bitter, tincture-ish interlude. Incredible black cherry, dry sagebrush, red dirt, wet sapling in a base of grapefruit minerality and actually a tiny patina. I had to go check the vintage on this, as there is a nice cassis patina popping up which would preclude a current release. Yes it has a half-decade on it. Thick, unctuous fruit, I would say “syrupy” if it wasn’t for the peppery middle and blistering tannins, and a bit of eucalyptus rolls back in on the finish.
This is a great wine that is just starting to settle down and I would LOVE to taste in another 5 years. You just make sure your initial tolerance for eucalyptus is up there. It blows out, exposing a beautiful wine with gobs of fruit and structure.
2012 FRANKLAND ESTATE “Olmo’s Reward” Cabernet Franc Western Australia 14.5