La Violetta Fric Frac 2017
Mount Barker, Western Australia
Cabernet Franc 86%, Pinot Noir 8%, Balzac Noir 6%
Andrew Hoadley has worked all across Australia as well as abroad in Barbaresco, Abruzzo and Washington state, and is today regarded as one of Western Australia's revolutionary winemakers. He created La Violetta in 2008, taking the name from an old Piemontese song that celebrates intoxication (responsibly, naturally). He is based in the Great Southern on the coast near Denmark, but sources grapes from trusted growers across the region to make his stunning, envelope-pushing wines in really tiny quantities - a real master of blends.
Fric Frac is a remarkable and unusual such blend, combining mostly Cabernet Franc from Mount Barker with a touch of Pinot Noir and Balzac Noir (the name given to Mourvèdre in the Charente and Vienne in France).
The grapes were harvested on the cusp of ripeness so the wine retains savoury charm and nerve. Leafy, spicy and forest fruits to the fore and overall so prettily perfumed.
Just 1,620 bottles made.