Gabriëlskloof Walker Bay Cabernet Franc 2019
Region: Walker Bay, Bot River, Cape South Coast, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Bright ruby in colour, this wine has aromas of redcurrant, bramble and black cherry with hints of clove. The palate is fuller-bodied than previous vintages, with ripe tannins and an earthy complexity.
The fruit for this single vineyard wine is sourced from a mountainside site on the Grabriëlskloof estate. Prevailing southerly winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean create a cool mesoclimate, which promotes perfumed aromatics and fresh acidity. The soil is a combination of Overberg Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, which results in a spicy complexity in the wine. The vineyard is 17 years old, and this shows in the depth and character of this wine.
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. The talented Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. Peter-Allan is now Cellar Master and oversees general management of the property, while the young and no less talented Nina Muller was promoted to winemaker. The farm has 178 hectares, with 68 hectares planted with vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the support of fulltime vineyard consultant Rosa Kruger. Their aim is to move to organic farming in the future.