Our Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon, containing 6% Cabernet Franc, was sourced from four individual parcels adjacent to one another on a south westerly aspect of our Franschhoek valley. Soil: sandy loam over granite bedrock.
Grapes were picked by hand into small boxes, hand sorted and gently destalked. The grapes underwent a cold maceration in traditional concrete vessels and then fermented at temperatures between 27° and 30°C with frequent pump-overs to extract aromas, colour and tannins. After alcoholic fermentation a prolonged malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in 225 litre barriques. The wine was matured in French oak from our preferred coopers, Sylvain and Saury.
The nose entices with red stone fruit and cassis abound. The palate shows richness, texture and a youthful elegance with blackcurrant, spicy tobacco and hints of sweet Cape “fynbos” (shrub). Refined, well integrated tannins and a certain tension on the mid-palate suggest significant ageing potential.