Zorgvliet Cabernet Franc
There are very few wards in South Africa that can ripen Cabernet Franc properly like we do in the Banghoek Valley. Overripe and it becomes jammy - under ripe and it becomes herbaceous and vegetal. On Zorgvliet we use a Single Vineyard to create this delicate and harmonious wine.
A very food friendly wine. Try with a roast chicken or grilled beef. Goes well with hearty fish dishes and soft cheeses as well.
The nose explodes with scents of tobacco leaf, violets, raspberries and blackcurrant leaves. On the palate the tannins are firm and dry and the fruit weight elegant and delicate. The wine has good length and richness right through to the finish.
Grapes were harvested by hand and berry sorted into stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation commenced spontaneously and was finished with a pure strain. Extraction was done with a combination of punch-down, rack-and-return and pump-over methods. Batches were gently pressed and immediately racked to small French oak barrels where they completed maloactic fermentation. The components were racked three times to enhance clarification and development. Blending took place after 14 months of aging, after which the composed blend was aged in barrel for another 4 months. The wine was bottled after a total of 22 months.