Oldenburg Vineyards, Cabernet Franc 2019

Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.

Oldenburg aims to best reflect their remarkable terroir through the Oldenburg Vineyards (OV) range of wines – a range of single cultivar wines. There is minimal intervention in the vineyards and the wines are made in an uncompromising manner.

Cabernet Franc has really found its home on the cooler slopes of Oldenburg, which is reflected in winemaker, Nic van Aarde, having serious passion for the varietal. It has also become the backbone of their ultra premium Rondekop Rhodium Bordeaux Blend.

Grapes were hand sorted to ensure that only the best fruit was used. During fermentation pump overs, up to three times per day, were chosen over punchdowns in order to not over extract the fruit. Post fermentation malolactic conversion took place, followed by 18 months of maturation, in French oak barrels (29% new).

An incredibly focussed and pure Cabernet Franc that echoes the Loire. Deeply concentrated, with a focus on minerality and acidity rather than overt fruit flavours. Red and dark berries interwoven with green herbs, tea leaf and rose petal. Delicious now and made to age gracefully.

93pts | Tim Atkin


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Cabernet Franc

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Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
Harvest: 18 March 2019 at 24.7 Balling
Technical Data: Alc: 14.07%, RS: 2.4g/l, TA: 6.2g/l, pH: 3.44
Maturation: 18 months in 225L French oak barrels (29% new)

At Oldenburg Vineyards, we believe that great wines can only come from the best quality grapes. Our intervention in the vineyards is minimal, to reflect the full potential of our mountain terroir. The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true expression of terroir through our range of single cultivar wines. The confluence of the 8 Natural Elements that determine our unique terroir is explored through these wines and their real sense of place. The 8 elements are depicted on the intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. Wines made in an uncompromising manner, intending to showcase the finest characteristics of each cultivar.

Grapes were harvested and sorted carefully by hand, and cold soaked for 5 days before fermentation was initiated. Pumpovers were performed up to three times daily. Malolactic conversion was in barrel. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. 29% of barrels used were 225L with the balance in 300L. The wine was bottled in November 2020.

Cabernet Franc seems to have found its home in the Banghoek Valley, and ours grows exceptionally well at the foot of Rondekop, our mystical hill. This wine has an incredibly generous nose, with vanilla pod, mulberry black plums and liquorice at the heart of it. The palate showcases a depth of flavour with blackcurrant leaf, thyme and grapefruit-pith adding to the plethora of aromas and flavours. A stunning acidity, well-structured chalky tannins and a delightful finish bring this wine to life. This wine is from a cooler vintage, and has a brilliant future ahead of it, promising spectacular development over the next 15 years.

While winter had a late start, it was characterised by good rainfall, leading to an even budbreak. A turbulent start to flowering season improved towards the onset of summer. Warmer weather in November contributed to even vineyard growth. A moderate January and February was followed by an initially hot February, while cool and wet conditions dominated from the end of February through March, creating challenging harvest conditions. Despite the wetter conditions, our microclimate allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness.

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