Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Produced with fruit from two hilltop sites in the Bottelary ward. This bottling expresses all the concentration and nervous tension that comes from the sites’ extremely rocky granitic soils.

100% Cabernet Franc
Winemaker: Jean Smit
Cultivar: 100% Cabernet Franc
Origin: Bottelary, Stellenbosch
Tasting notes:

A heady mix of violets, crushed rose petals, tobacco leaf, and pencil shavings; interspersed with sweeter blueberry and cassis. The palate embodies the essence of the cultivar: lithe and red-fruited, offering a high-resolution mosaic of raspberry, pomegranate and cherry, followed by gentler maraschino and currants. All framed by articulate plum skin tannins. As it warms, notes of cedar, blueberry, and roasted plum emerge, leading to a finish with a final burst of violets, tomato leaf, and raspberry sherbet.

Vineyards:

Situated on the cooler east-facing slopes of the Bottelary, this trellised vineyard was planted with the CF1 Cabernet Franc clone in 2004. Grown on soils of decomposed granite, at an altitude of 225m ASL, this low-yielding vineyard produces smaller bunches that offer incredible concentration, structure, and ripeness at lower sugar levels.

Winemaking:

Grapes were hand-harvested on 17 March 2022 at a ripeness of 24.9˚B. Bunches were de-stemmed and gravity fed into tulip-shaped concrete fermenters, where whole berries were cold soaked for three days, before primary fermentation commenced. For optimum extraction, pump-overs took place up to three times per day, with fermentation temperatures peaking at 28˚C. Spontaneous malolactic conversion took place during the 11 months of maturation in 1000-litre French oak vats. The wine was racked just once, two weeks prior to bottling.

Maturation:

This wine will be at its most expressive between 3 and 5 years.

Technical:

TOTAL PRODUCTION 3000 x 750ml and 50 x 1.5L |BOTTLING DATE: 19 January 2023 |Alc: 13.33 % Vol | pH: 3.48 | TA: 5.4 g/L | RS: 1.6 g/L | VA: 0.64 g/L