Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch 2018

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Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch 2018

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Franc 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Mulderbosch

Tasting notes - 2018 produced a ripe expression of Cabernet Franc, subtle notes of fennel and cigar spice surround a core of brambly fruit. Classically structured, the palate is savoury with graphite textured tannins and a succulent, round finish. 

Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch 2018

An intense expression of Cabernet Franc with subtle notes
of black olives, bellpepper and dark chocolate
surrounding a core of brambly fruit and complemented
by a graphite firmness on the finish.
Producer Note
Founded in 1989, multi-award winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa’s
foremost wine producers. As advocates to the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW)
code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and
pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and
characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir. Chenin Blanc is the Cape’s
signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the world. In 1996,
Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in
barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since
become synonymous with the variety.
Vintage 2018 was marked by hot and dry conditions throughout the Cape; more so
than ever the proximity to the cooling effects of the Atlantic Ocean played a crucial
role during this challenging vintage. The Cabernet Franc grapes display great freshness
along with opulence from the warmer vintage.
This Mulderbosch Cabernet Franc estate vineyard consistently impresses and is
annually the stand-out red in the cellar. The basic geological structure is decomposed
granite, with soils comprised of varying levels of gravelly clay. The vines are trained
according to the Vertical Shoot Position method and spur-pruned utilising three sets of
moveable foliage wires. Leaf removal at an early stage of the grape's life generally
ensure the pyrazine or ‘green’ flavours often encountered in Cabernet Franc are
avoided. This practice also allows harvesting to take place earlier, without having to
wait for these flavours to burn off at higher Brix levels.
The fruit was picked at the best balance of acidity and fruit expression, rather than
maximum ripeness, in order 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 per day in order to keep the
cap moist. The total time on skins was almost three weeks, prior to 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, 50% third fill Hogshead
300 litre barrels. The wine was bottled without fining and just one loose sheet filtration,
so may develop a light sediment over time.
Tasting Note
A poised expression of Cabernet Franc, with subtle notes of cinammon and spice
surrounding a core of ripe cherry. Classically structured, with elegant, velvety tannins
and an enticing and lingering finish.
Cabernet Franc 100%
Winemaker: Adam Mason
Region: Western Cape
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13.5%

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