Knorhoek, Cabernet Franc 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tasting Note: A cabernet franc that punches above its weight in flavor intensity.
Medium-intensity ruby in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of red and black plum, black currant, violet and forest floor.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus bodied cabernet franc delivers fruit flavors suggested on the nose along with ripe, medium-plus tannin and flavor concentration.
There is also mid-palate complexity and balance between the fruit and tannin structure which ultimately completes with a long finish.
Bottle Note: Intense deep red color with a bouquet of blackberries, ripe plum and a backdrop of spicy wood vanillins. Rich and complex now, but will reach full maturity after 4-5 years. The Cape is well-known for its mountain leopards, where legends has it they once roamed the slopes of the Stellenbosch mountains in great number – hence the name “Knorhoek.” Roughly translated the name means, “The valley where the wild cats growl.”
Price: $8 US (February 2018 Currency conversion rate), 95 South African Rand (ZAR)
Tasted: Hotel Room, The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, Franschhoek, South Africa
Tasting Date: January 20, 2018