The Wine: This Cabernet Franc displays a dark & intense purple colour. Expect a symphony of raspberries, cassis, violets and hints of pepper. Rich finish with gentle ripe tannin and fruit.
Food Pairing: This is a fantastic food wine and we pair this with Kudu, Springbok or venison loin, beef carpaccio, rosemary rack of lamb or even with tuna sashimi.
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Winemaker : Lourens van der Westhuizen
Wine Region: McGregor Valley
At a Glance: ABV: 14 % RS : 3.4 g/l PH : 3.64 TA : 5.7 g/l
TYPE : Red CLOSURE : Cork
Platter’s 4 Stars
Tim Atkins 90 Points
Ageing: It is perfect to enjoy now or for (at least) another 5 – 6 years.
In the Vineyard: North-facing vineyard (1 ha) at Tanagra (McGregor), at almost 140m altitude, registered as Single Vineyard. Soil mixed with slightly rocky parts and clay structure.
In the cellar: Early morning hand selected harvest to optimize grape quality at 24 ballings. Hand-sorting of grapes before destemming. Whole berries are pumped into open top fermenter (without any green stems) and macerated there for about 4 days on the skins, allowing cooled grapes to extract colour and phenolic compounds prior to primary fermentation. Fermentation through natural (wild) yeast as soon as grapes reach room temperature. Punching down of fermenting must 3 times a day until fermentation is completed. Fermentation on the skins until about almost zero ballings. Gentle pressing of skins and malolactic fermentation in 225 litre neutral French oak casks for 14 months. Done with minimal interference through vinification, sediment may occur.