While the appeal of Cabernet Franc generally arises from its pretty aromatics and litheness compared to its offspring Cabernet Sauvignon, Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch have tended to make quite a big and burly version.
I’m happy to report, however, that the 2013 vintage comes in at a relatively modest alcohol of 13.5%, which makes for a very nicely realised wine. Matured for 19 months in French oak, 25% new, the wine shows cranberry, violets and a pleasant herbal note on the nose while the palate has pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. It’s none too lean and has a certain polish about it that is becoming the house style – very sexy, all in all. Price: R250 a bottle.
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