Franschhoek Cellar, previously the local co-op but now owned by producer-wholesaler DGB, produces some 560 000 cases annually. With the Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc having placed among the winners in the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards Top 10 twice in the last three years, what else might this operation might be capable of? Recently a tasting of the top-end Semillon 2012 and Shiraz 2010 under the Franschhoek Vineyards label.
Barrel fermented and matured. Yellow apple, thatch, some waxiness and spice. Broad and savoury – a serious proposition and not ready with its favours. A tiny bit listless as local Semillon can tend to be.
Black fruit plus some attractive fynbos character. Big, bold and sweet-fruited – ripe but not over-ripe. Some spice on the finish. Very appealing but short on real intricacy.