2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap

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2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap
2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap
2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap
2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap
2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap
2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap
2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap
2019 Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap

‘Swartskaap’ translates to ‘Black Sheep’ from Afrikaans. HPF’s iconic Cabernet Franc that really stands out from the herd!

The odd one out. He goes about life in ways different to the rest of the Family. He’ll zig while others zag. When they shake their heads, it means deep down they’re proud of him…

Tasting Notes 

This wine is the heart and soul of HPF. Delicious now, but also has very good ageing potential.

Nose

Bright red and purple fruit, raspberries and blackcurrants; black olive; green herbal spice

Palate

Generous offering; density and fruit intensity; milk chocolate praline; supple and full with persistent length; sweet herbal spice (rosemary, thyme, mint) providing freshness on the palate

HPF Swartskaap

Vinification

Our iconic Cabernet franc! This wine is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do…no surprise that this vineyard is planted in the “heart” of our property! As a single varietal wine, Cabernet franc poses a great challenge both in the vineyard and the cellar due to its robust nature. The wine ages in old (50%) and new (50%) French oak barrique (50%) and pigeons (50%) for a 24 month period. Post bottling, we then cellar the wine for a further 24 months before the wine is released onto the market. Our aim is to be meticulous creating something that will not just please but hopefully shift boundaries. On the palate this wine embodies our wine philosophy of BALANCE,ELEGANCE, FRESHNESS, DRINKABILITY, LONGEVITY! These wines will age for 10 years and beyond, provided stored under optimum conditions.

History

You’ve probably heard of the quaint beach town of Hermanus, situated on South Africa’s famous Whale Coast. Between 1855 and 1902, it was called Hermanuspietersfontein. In 1902, the local postmaster decided to shorten the name of the town to make addressing letters to the locals easier.

150 years later, the wine farm Hermanuspietersfontein, or HPF for short, craft outstanding wines with a serious sense of place. Their grapes come from Sondagskloof, which competes with Elgin and the Ceres Plateau for South Africa’s coolest wine growing region.

Accolades

  • 94 points - Platters 2024

Specifications

Year 2019
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Cabernet Franc
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
14.05% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential 10 years and beyond, provided stored under optimum conditions
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Maturation in Oak

The wine is aged in old (50%) and new (50%) French oak 225L barrique (50%) and 500L pigeons (50%) for a 24 month period. It then undergoes a further 24 months of cellaring before release.

Food Matches A hearty homemade beef lasagna, be generous with the italian herbs as they’ll compliment the slight herbaceousness of Cabernet Franc perfectly.
Origin Sondagskloof, Walker Bay near Hermanus
Appellation WO Western Cape