2019 Oldenburg Cabernet Franc

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2019 Oldenburg Cabernet Franc

An incredibly focused and pure Cabernet Franc that echoes the Loire. In the words of the Decanter World Wine Awards: ‘Texturally very impressive, with balance, concentration and zesty vigour!’

Tasting Notes 

Nose

This wine has an incredibly generous nose, with vanilla pod, mulberry black plums and liquorice at the heart of it. 

Palate

The palate showcases a depth of flavour with blackcurrant leaf, thyme and grapefruit-pith adding to the plethora of aromas and flavours. A stunning acidity, well-structured chalky tannins and a delightful finish bring this wine to life. 

Oldenberg Cab Franc

Winery

Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.

Oldenburg aims to best reflect their remarkable terroir through the Oldenburg Vineyards (OV) range of wines – a range of single-cultivar wines. There is minimal intervention in the vineyards and the wines are made in an uncompromising manner.

Cabernet Franc seems to have found its home in the Banghoek Valley, and ours grows exceptionally well at the foot of Rondekop, our mystical hill.

Vintage Conditions

While winter had a late start, it was characterised by good rainfall, leading to an even budbreak. A turbulent start to flowering season improved towards the onset of summer. Warmer weather in November contributed to even vineyard growth. A moderate January and February was followed by an initially hot February, while cool and wet conditions dominated from the end of February through March, creating challenging harvest conditions. Despite the wetter conditions, our microclimate allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness.

Winemaking & Maturation

Grapes were harvested and sorted carefully by hand, and cold soaked for 5 days before fermentation was initiated. Pumpovers were performed up to three times daily. Malolactic conversion was in barrel. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. 29% of barrels used were 225L with the balance in 300L. The wine was bottled in November 2020.

Accolades

  • 93pts | Platter's

    Specifications

    Year 2019
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Cabernet Franc
    Country South Africa
    Alcohol content
    14% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
    Food matching A delicate game meat such as ostrich or deer served with a cranberry and thyme jus.
    Type Red Wine
    Cellaring Potential This wine is from a cooler vintage, and has a brilliant future ahead of it, promising spectacular development over the next 15 years.
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Origin Stellenbosch
    Appellation WO Western Cape