Gabriëlskloof Cabernet Franc 2017
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Matured in 500-litre barrels for 16 months, 40% new, the wine is unmistakably Cabernet Franc, with notes of crushed leaves, violets, earth and sweet spice leading into an elegant, refined palate of succulent, red fruits and lively acidity. Grippy and fresh, tight and savoury, the fine tannins combine with just enough grip to balance the concentrated red fruit.
Gabriëlskloof Estate Vineyards is the achievement of close collaboration between South African Bernhard Heyns and Local farmer Barry Anderson. The vineyards are located in Botrivier, on the Western Cape. The majority of grapes planted are red Bordeaux and Rhône varieties, perfectly suited to the local climate.
The Gabriëlskloof team (currently led by Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum fame) is committed to a sustainable viticulture by keeping use of insecticides, weed killers and fertiliser to a minimum. They’re part of WWF Conservation Champion farm under a voluntary membership model which support their wine practice with a land and water stewardship programme. Gabriëlsklooft aim to grow vines in harmony with nature to protect the natural habitats of the area and the biodiversity that lives there
The small, picturesque village of Botrivier lies in the foothills of the Houw Hoek Mountains, en route to Hermanus. The Bot River, after which the hamlet is named, meanders its way through a fertile valley surrounded by mountains covered in fynbos, historical wine farms and fields of wheat.
In the rolling hills of the Bot River area, down-to-earth, sociable farmers make wines for lovers of the road less travelled. Here you can taste wines made from the oldest vines in the region, as well as more recent varietals from new plantings.
From historic and traditional wineries to the most modern state-of-the-art cellars, the common denominators are a warm welcome, handcrafted wines, a commitment to biodiversity and the desire to share hours of sociable sipping.