91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(25% new oak): Good dark red. Complex, vibrant aromas of blackberry, licorice, pepper, herbs and tobacco, lifted by floral and mineral notes. Concentrated, round and seamless, with surprising sweetness of dark fruit flavor fruit balanced by harmonious acidity. Impressively rich, deep cabernet franc, with serious, ripe, building tannins that call for mid-term aging. From a very low crop level and bottled without fining or filtration.
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About South Africa
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Cabernet Franc is one of the three principal varieties in Bordeaux, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of the western Loire Valley. In Bordeaux's Left Bank, Cabernet Franc serves as a blending component adding aromatic complexity to the more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. On the Right Bank, the grape is found in the clay soils of St. Emilion, where it...
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