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Hermanuspietersfontein, Swartskaap 2019

You’ve probably heard of the quaint beach town of Hermanus, situated on South Africa’s famous Whale Coast. Between 1855 and 1902, it was called Hermanuspietersfontein. In 1902, the local postmaster decided to shorten the name of the town to make addressing letters to the locals easier.

150 years later, the wine farm Hermanuspietersfontein, or HPF for short, craft outstanding wines with a serious sense of place. Their grapes come from Sondagskloof, which competes with Elgin and the Ceres Plateau for South Africa’s coolest wine growing region.

‘Swartskaap’ translates to ‘Black Sheep’ from Afrikaans. HPF’s iconic Cabernet Franc that really stands out from the herd!

This wine is the heart and soul of HPF. The wine is aged in old (50%) and new (50%) French oak 225L barrique (50%) and 500L pigeons (50%) for a 24 month period. It then undergoes a further 24 months of cellaring before release.

Expect bright red and black fruit like raspberries and blackcurrants along with black olive, graphite, milk chocolate and Italian herbs. The wine is layered and interesting with powdery tannin. Delicious now, but also has very good ageing potential.

94pts, Platter’s 2024

£29.75

In stock

Sondagskloof, Walker Bay

Cabernet Franc

LightFull Bodied

Description

His name crops up even when he’s not there.

The odd one out. He goes about life in ways different to the rest of the Family. He’ll zig while others zag. When they shake their heads, it means deep down they’re proud of him…

Our iconic Cabernet franc! This wine is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do…no surprise that this vineyard is planted in the “heart” of our property! As a single varietal wine, Cabernet franc poses a great challenge both in the vineyard and the cellar due to its robust nature. The wine ages in old (50%) and new (50%) French oak barrique (50%) and pigeons (50%) for a 24 month period. Post bottling, we then cellar the wine for a further 24 months before the wine is released onto the market. Our aim is to be meticulous creating something that will not just please but hopefully shift boundaries. On the palate this wine embodies our wine philosophy of BALANCE,ELEGANCE, FRESHNESS, DRINKABILITY, LONGEVITY! These wines will age for 10 years and beyond, provided stored under optimum conditions.

ORIGIN Sondagskloof

COMPOSITION Cabernet franc 100%

ALCOHOL 14.05 %
RES.SUGAR 1.75g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY 5.1 g/l
pH 3.63

MATURATION IN OAK 24 months in French Oak
25% in new French oak barriques (225L)
25% in second/third fill French oak barrique (225L)
25% in new French oak pigeons (500L)
25% in second/third fill French oak pigeons (500L)

MATURATION IN BOTTLE BEFORE RELEASE 24 months

AROMA PROFILE Bright red and purple fruit, raspberries and blackcurrants; black olive; green herbal spice

PALATE PROFILE Generous offering; density and fruit intensity; milk chocolate praline; supple and full with persistent length; sweet herbal spice (rosemary, thyme, mint) providing freshness on the palate

AGEING POTENTIAL 10 years and beyond, provided stored under optimum conditions

BOTTLING DATE July 2022

Additional information

Vintage

2019

Grape

Cabernet Franc

Wine Farm

Alcohol vol

14%

Origin

Sondagskloof, Walker Bay

A hearty homemade beef lasagna, be generous with the italian herbs as they’ll compliment the slight herbaceousness of Cabernet Franc perfectly.