Wildekrans, Cabernet Franc-Merlot 2013, Bot River, South Africa
Tasting Note: A rare blend (in terms of proportions of each grape varietal) of cabernet franc (67%) and merlot (33%) made even more special because it hails from South Africa.
You, like me, may not have a reference point to expect how this will taste, and yet I think it’s something you should try.
Ruby in color this wine has an aromatic and earthy nose of fig, black currant, red cherry, and black plum.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied red blend is medium-plus in bright, red-cherry-fruit flavored acidity.
Forest floor-touched flavors ride under black-plum infused fruit.
Share a bottle with a wine geek, or if you are a cabernet franc aficionado experience the South African terroir expression of this grape made even more interesting by the proportion of merlot in the mix.
Bottle Note: The Wildekrans Wine Estate lies along the Bot River near the coastal town of Hermanus. The rocky terrain creates an excellent environment for the distinct Renosterbos and rare birdlife found on the estate and provides the perfect terroir for our low-yield vines. By leaving much of the process to nature we’ve created one of South Africa’s most ecologically friendly estates and been rewarded with beautiful, quality wines.
Importer: Boutique Wine Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tasting Date: November 28, 2016