True elegance is rare when it comes to South African reds but the Cabernet Franc 2011 from Raats Family Wines (R350 a bottle) pulls this off in emphatic fashion.
Grapes from granite-soil vineyards in Stellenbosch for extra freshness, the wine matured for 18 months in French oak, 25% new.
Red currant and cherry, dried herbs, subtle oak spice. Weightless intensity, lovely bright acidity and tannins which are paradoxically super-fine but also provide plenty of grip. Carefully conceived and precisely executed – hats off, Mr Raats.