Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

These are some of the properties and characteristics of the Cabernet Franc grape:

  • It matures before Cabernet Sauvignon but still later in the season.
  • Susceptible to powdery mildew. This variety has a thick skin so rot seldom occurs.
  • The leaves are a lighter green in colour than the Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • The bunches are small and loose.
The berries are blue-black in colour, round and slightly larger than Cabernet Sauvignon.

If someone gives you a glass of wine and asks you what wine it is, here are characteristics that will help you identify the varietal:

Blackcurrants, strawberry, pencil shavings, olives, green pepper, chocolate.


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