Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2013
By Christian Eedes, 23 June 2016
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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