‘This captures cab franc’s herbaceousness, the Okanagan’s purity and generosity, and The Hatch’s less-is-more winemaking style. One of their Hobo Series, this is from Mama D’s Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench, with time in partial new American oak barrels and the remainder in neutral old French. Charming herbal and dusky plum, resinous wild blackberry and soft pepper, soft and cushioned on the voluminous palate without being obese and bloated. There’s a tweak of acidity reining all in, and a tight grip of acidity on the sides to narrow to a buzzy, lifted finish. Beautifully drinkable now, ideally with pork. If my notes are correct, this has taken a considerable price leap over last year, but -amongst its Okanagan peers – is worth it. 89 points‘
– Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine
The ‘Hobo Series’.
First off, the definition of ‘hobo’
ho·bo (hō′bō) n. pl. ho·boes or ho·bos
1. One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
2. A migrant worker.
We had a large debate on whether we should embrace the term hobo with these wines. First of all, the piece of Paul’s art that we used to create these labels is called ‘Tolsoy and the hobo moth’ after-all; and calling it the hobo series seemed very natural. After seeing the above definition of ‘hobo’ to us it also conjured up images of certain grapes that for whatever particular reason don’t get the credit and respect some other more famous grape colleagues have enjoyed over the years. All these grape, per se, have traveled from their homes in search of, to us at least, adventure and much less so notoriety. So in this line-up, we honour a range of less appreciated grapes and their true hobo spirit. This time around, Cabernet Franc. Our favourite Cabernet and the finest Franc.