John Platter - 93 Points
Cabernet Franc Challenge 2018 - GOLD
Intensely perfumed with dark berry fruit, liquorice, violets and underlying tobacco, spice and graphite. It is full bodied with ripe succulent tannins and great length. The wine is complemented by a small percentage of Carignan, which freshens the wine, improving drinkability while creating a point of difference.
86% Cabernet Franc 14% Carignana
About The Harvest
The Cabernet Franc old vine grapes were hand harvested at full ripeness from a selected site while the Carignan was harvested early for freshness. The 2015 Vintage is recognized in Stellenbosch as an outstanding vintage.
In The Cellar
The grapes were lightly crushed and destalked into a Rototank for good extraction. After a 2 day, cool presoak, the wine was inoculated for fermentation. Pressing occurred before the end of fermentation and the young wine was moved to 225l French Oak barrels (60% new, tight grain, medium toast). Malolactic occurred in barrel followed by 18 months of maturation before removing and bottling.
“The Clan” reflects the close family unity and commitment to quality that has sustained the Grier family of Villiera over decades in the wine business. Attention to detail was foremost in our minds while creating and packaging “The Clan” and no expense has been spared in creating this wine. Only 1 400 bottles were produced.