Cabernet Franc originates from the Bordeaux region in France and really got going in the Libournais in the 17th century. The berries are quite small with thin blue-black skins. It easily adapts to different types of vineyard soils, although it blossoms best in sandy chalk soils. You can expect high tannin and a pronounced perfume with notes of raspberries, blackcurrants, violets and graphite. Cabernet Franc ages well – that is if you’ve got the willpower to wait 10 years. Cabernet Franc is usually used for big-name blends such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In the New World, Australia and New Zealand grow Cabernet Franc to create rich, full-bodied wines.