Gabriëlskloof Landscape Series Cabernet Franc 2016
Gabriëlskloof winery is in the Bot River ward, part of the greater Walker Bay region. Their winemaking philosophy is one of minimal intervention to give prominence to and reflect the terroir of the vineyards. Gabrielskloof’s Landscape Series wines are an authentic representation of their top vineyards, as well as a few old vine treasures. This 100% Cabernet Franc comes from a single vineyard mountainside site on the Gabriëlskloof property.
The soil is a combination of Overberg Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone. 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.
Unlike other light and aromatic Cabernet Franc examples, this ballsy South African is powerful and silky. For those who’ve never really gotten into Cab Francs in the past, you may well fall in love with this one. A gorgeous mix of fruit and spice, combining notes of dark plum, bright red cherries, woody forest floor, tobacco and cedar spice. Taut and savoury on the palate, with a lively acidity, fine tannins and grippy structure.
Top tip: Drink now until 2025.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 96 POINTS
This wine is unmistakably Cabernet Franc, with notes of tobacco leaf, bell pepper and plum leading into an elegant, refined palate with fine tannins and just enough grip to balance the concentrated red fruit. Delicious now and can age into 2022.
2019 – 93 POINTS
Cab Franc in hedonistic mode, 2016 rich in aromatics – tobacco, woodsmoke & forest floor – & flavour; plush but controlled by fine acid line, assured structure. Oak, 50% new, carefully tuned enhancement.
– 93 POINTS
Matured in 500-litre barrels for 16 months, 40% new. An enticing nose with top notes of violets and crushed leaves before red and black fruit, earth and spice (less overtly “green” than the 2015). Lovely succulent fruit, lively acidity and nicely ripe tannins. Absolutely delicious!
– 91 POINTS