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Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch 2018

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Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch 2018

  • Grapes Cabernet Franc 100%
  • Country South Africa
  • Region: Western Cape Stellenbosch
  • Abv 13.5 %
  • Body Value: D (A is light, E is full-bodied)
    Residual Sugar: 1.2
    Contains Sulphites: Yes
    Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/Yes
    Milk/Eggs: No/No
    Organic: No
    Biodynamic: No
  • Case size 6 / 75cl
  • Winemaker Henry Kotze
  • Closure Natural Cork
  • The Cabernet Franc exhibits a poised expression, featuring subtle notes of cinnamon and spice enveloping a ripe cherry core. It possesses a classic structure with elegant, velvety tannins and a captivating, enduring finish. The 2018 vintage was distinguished by hot and arid conditions prevailing throughout the Cape, where the proximity to the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean assumed a pivotal role amidst this demanding vintage. Notably, the Cabernet Franc grapes manifest remarkable freshness and opulence stemming from the warmer vintage.
  • Awards
    5 Stars, Platter's , 2022

The fruit was picked at the best balance of acidity and fruit expression, rather than maximum ripeness, to embrace the energy and texture of slightly earlier harvested, warm climate Cabernet Franc. Vinification was kept simple; the grapes were fermented on the skins for approximately three weeks with twice daily pump-overs during the initial fermentation, which was reduced to once daily to keep the cap moist. The total time on skins was almost three weeks before being pressed and transferred to barrels on completion of malolactic conversion. The wine spent 18 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, of which 50% were new, and 50% were filled Hogshead 300-litre barrels. The wine was bottled without fining and just one loose sheet filtration so that it may develop light sediment over time.

A poised expression of Cabernet Franc, with subtle notes of cinnamon and spice surrounding a core of ripe cherry. It is classically structured, with elegant, velvety tannins and an enticing and lingering finish.

More Information
CountrySouth Africa
Bottles Per Case6
Bottle Size75
2 cases 10% offNo

This Mulderbosch Cabernet Franc estate vineyard consistently impresses and is the stand-out red in the cellar annually. The basic geological structure is decomposed granite, with soils comprised of varying levels of gravelly clay. The vines are trained using the Vertical Shoot Position method and spur-pruned using three sets of moveable foliage wires. Leaf removal at an early stage of the grape's life generally ensures the pyrazine or green flavours often encountered in Cabernet Franc are avoided. This practice also allows harvesting to occur earlier without waiting for these flavours to burn off at higher Brix levels.

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