They produce many varieties now at Tawse, but cabernet franc was an early focus along with pinot noir and chardonnay. The grape continues to be a strength, crafted with a big tip of the hat to the archetypal cool-climate style of Chinon and Bourgueil in the Loire Valley. Medium-full-bodied and crisp, this red offers up vibrant berry and plum flavours and a dry texture with pleasantly sticky, fine-grained tannins. The grape’s classically savoury, herbal essence here shows up more as tobacco and cedar (and that’s nice) versus the Loire Valley’s more common green bell pepper. Serve it with roast leg of lamb or mature cheeses. Available direct from the winery.