The Cabernet Franc grapes are sourced from 12-year-old, trellised vines from the lower Helderberg on granitic soils. The vineyard is 2km from the coast. The maritime effect is most favourable, especially in the hot February-March months in Stellenbosch. Leaf removal in the bunch zone (during November/December) is an important practice in this vineyard to let enough sun in to prevent vegetal flavours.
Grapes were picked in mid-February 2021. They were sorted and crushed (no whole bunch). Spontaneous fermentation took place in open top fermenters with very soft handling during fermentation, only two punch downs per day. The wine was matured in 225L older French oak barrels, and was only racked once, in June after malolactic fermentation. Bottled in December 2021.
Christian Eedes, Winemag:
“Red and black berries plus a definite herbal note – quite heady and singular on the nose while the palate shows clean fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins. Good clarity and drive.
Tim Atkin, South Africa Special Report:
“Shows the “fruit purity” that is part of Jocelyn Hogan’s winemaking style. Subtle, grassy and refined, this is a graceful, ethereal Cabernet Franc for Pinot Noir lovers, with filigree tannins, pencil shaving top notes and a core of raspberry and black cherry. 2023-30.
pH: 3.50 – TA: 5.4 g/l – RS: 1.7 g/l – Alc: 14.0%