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Why do we love this wine?

This is cabernet franc unshackled. Where many Loire Valley examples are light, aromatic, and even a touch shy, this ballsy South African is hedonistic and powerful. There’s tobacco leaf and bell pepper aromatics over a core of dense red fruit encircled by grippy tannins. There’s forest floor complexity and an air of woodsmoke about it. It’s seen 50% new French oak which gives shape and structure, texture and a feeling of importance. Those that haven’t really ‘got’ cab franc in the past, may well fall in love here. It’s what you always wanted the grape to be. Try one as soon as it arrives, then there’s no rush to get through the others. 

Profile

Forest Floor
Plum
Tobacco
Full-bodied
Bright
Concentrated

Awards

Tim Atkin MW
Angela Lloyd, Platter's Wine Guide 2019
Jamie Goode
Decanter
Wine Nerd Stuff
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Specs

Region
South Africa
Vintage
2016
Cellaring
2023
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
14.4%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
100% Cabernet Franc
Serving Temp.
17.0°C

Tasting

From the producer

Winemaking

Viticulture
Crafting
Food Union
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Goes with

Beef
Hard Cheese
Lamb