If you take Raats Cabernet Franc and historically the Cab-Franc led Cordoba Crescendo as reference points, then clearly the variety is capable of greatness under local conditions but on the whole it seems to be particularly tricky to work with, as two current releases demonstrate.
Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2012
Waterloof price: R155
Red fruit plus vague notes of earth, herbs and oak spice. Very ripe fruit, moderate acidity and a smooth, texture – very polished and as a result a bit characterless.
Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011
Black fruit, some leafiness and obvious oak. Full bodied yet the acidity is sharp and the tannins hard – really quite awkward.