Joubert-Tradauw Cabernet Franc Reserwe 2017
By Christian Eedes, 8 September 2021
The Joubert-Tradauw property lies between Montagu and Barrydale in the Klein Karoo, Meyer Joubert the third generation of his family to farm here. Winemaking was begun in 1999, with Cabernet Franc slowly becoming a speciality, the current release Reserwe 2017 a particularly fine effort.
Grapes from a south-facing vineyard at 455m above sea level and 50km from the ocean, vinification involved spontaneous fermentation before maturation lasting 20 months in 500-litre barrels, 50% new. The nose shows red berries, dried herbs, tobacco and earth while the palate is medium-bodied with good fruit definition, fresh acidity and fine tannins, the finish nicely dry. Classically styled which is to say elegant and understated, it usually sells for R580 per bottle from the cellar but is currently on special at R480.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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