Buitenverwachting Cabernet Franc 2009

November 20, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 2 Comments


What’s more weird? That 11 out 12 examples of Cabernet Sauvignon nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 didn’t make it or that three out of five Cabernet Franc did?

Out of the five examples of Cabernet Franc which were in the running, the two which fell short are my favourite although I’m not sure any of them are truly up to the guide’s ultimate accolade…

I rated the Raats 2009 17.5/20 back in April (see here) and really liked the Buitenverwachting 2009 last night.

The Constantia wine spent nearly two years in French oak, 90% new. It shows red and black fruit and some pleasing herbal character on the nose and palate. Classically styled, it’s nicely austere with bright acidity and wonderfully fine tannins.

When Buitenverwachting gets its reds wrong, they can appear excessively green (Christine 2008 a case in point – 15.5/20) but when it gets them right, they offer wonderfully elegant refreshment – my score for the Cab Franc 2009: 17/20.

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  1. ChristianNovember 21, 2012 at 3:56 pmReplyAuthor

    Addendum: I recalled that I liked the Christine 2008 much more on a previous occasion this year – see here: http://wp.me/pV3Wt-1bA Curious to me that the wine should appear to have more fruit weight relative to Bordeaux but appear quite lean and severe relative to the Cab Franc 2009. Suffice to say, I was given a sneak preview of the 2009 vintage of Christine on Monday night and was very impressed – far less severe without forfeiting elegance.

  2. RihannNovember 21, 2012 at 12:32 amReply

    A Cab Franc that has impressed me immensely over the years is Rainbow’s End’s effort.  Those two brothers (Anton And Francois Malan) put so much hard work into their wines.

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