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Fram Chenin Blanc 2013

Wham, bam, thank you Fram.
Wham, bam, thank you Fram.

Fram Wines takes its name from the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers at the turn of the 20th century, and said to have traversed further north and further south than any other vessel of its kind.

The winemaker behind Fram Wines is Thinus Krüger, previously of Fleur du Cap and Boschendal, and now committed to “bringing great wines from the Here Be Dragons areas of the wine map”.

The Chenin Blanc 2013 is Wine of Origin Citrusdal Mountains although apparently “closer to Clanwilliam than to Citrusdal” and underwent spontaneous ferment in old oak. Approximate retail price: R195 a bottle.

One of only three examples of Chenin to be endorsed as worthy of 5 Stars out of a total of 21 nominees  in the current edition of Platter’s, it certainly makes an impression. Peach and pineapple, a little bee’s wax and some yeasty complexity. On the palate sweet, juicy fruit and nicely coated acidity. The concentration is in fact quite extraordinary and the texture is rather thick. Would a little more verve and piquancy make it an even better wine?

Score: 93/100.


  1. “Closer to Clanwilliam than to Citrusdal” – it’s actually from the Skurfberg, joining some other great chenins from there, as I described in an earlier blog on this site.

  2. Tracking down a bottle of this wine has been laborious and I have to confess I’d forgotten Tim’s reference to it. Its origins, I gather, are particularly intriguing – an established producer wanted a smaller volume of grapes than was picked and the excess went unclaimed until Kruger came along and made Fram 2013!

    • I got mine from Wine Cellar but they were down to their last few bottles. Anybody else know where the Fram is still available?

  3. Fram Chenin Blanc 2013 (amongst a plethora of others) available at Liquor City Claremont on Palmyra Road. Wishing you a superb New Year Christian!


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