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Cabernet Franc 2019

The Landscape Series of wines is an authentic representation of our top vineyards, as well as a few old vine treasures. We wanted the labels to reflect this and decided to commission local artist and friend Niël Jonker to capture the spirit of our Overberg landscapes.


It became apparent soon after the conclusion of my first vintage that Gabriëlskloof is ideally suited togrowing Cabernet Franc. The most aromatic and elegant of the five Bordeaux varieties belongs on ourslopes, and bottling it as a single variety was an easy decision.

Peter-Allan Finlayson, Winemaker

 

Vintage

The 2019 vintage is one of exceptional quality across the board. Conditions were cool leading up to harvest with the drought easing, but still generally dry leading to another year with low yields. However, the smaller bunches and berries have resulted in concentrated, characterful and age-worthy wines, and this shines through in the quality of our Landscape Series wines.

Vineyard notes

The fruit comes from a single vineyard, mountainside site on the Gabriëlskloof property. The soil combines Overberg Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, with this complexity transferred into the wine through a lovely mix of fruit and spice. The vineyard is 17 years old, and this maturity shows in the depth and character of the wine.

Winemaking

The fruit was hand-picked into small crates and transferred directly into our cold room, where it remained overnight. 90% of the crop was destemmed, with the remaining 10% left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild and aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French Oak used.

Tasting note

Aromas of nutmeg and cloves lead to a full and vibrant palate showing mulberries, redcurrant, bramble and Black Forest cake. Powdery tannins are wonderfully integrated and part of a lingering, decadent finish. A fuller-bodied vintage with the structure to age beyond 2030.

Technical Analysis

Alk: 14.74% | RS: 3.2 g/l | pH: 3.54 | TA: 5.8g/l

 

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