The fruit comes from a single vineyard, mountainside site on the Gabri?lskloof property. The soil is a combination of Overberg Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, with this complexity transferred into the wine through a lovely mix of fruit and spice. The vineyard is 15 years old, and this maturity shows in the depth and character of the wine. 90% of the crop was destemmed with the remaining 10% left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild and aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French Oak used.
Gabrielskloof Cabernet Franc
Matured in 500-litre barrels for 16 months, 40% new, the wine is unmistakably Cabernet Franc, with notes of crushed leaves, violets, earth and sweet spice leading into an elegant, refined palate of succulent, red fruits and lively acidity. Grippy and fresh, tight and savoury, the fine tannins combine with just enough grip to balance the concentrated red fruit.