V5 Cabernet Franc 2017
The grapes were handpicked from Block 4, largely situated on decomposed granite soils, Block 4 grows vigorously with large canopies and lots of leaf foliage. Leaves around the grape bunches are removed methodically up until harvest exposing the grape bunches and allowing for burn out of harsh green tannins and flavours in the eventual wine. The juice is fermented in 5000L French oak truncated casks before going through malolactic fermentation in second fill 300L barrels. The wine is then allowed to age for 14 months after malolactic fermentation in barrel before being blended and bottled.
This wine displays intense ripe cherry, savoury kalamata olive and wild fynbos characters on the nose rounded up by a sweet cinnamon spice from generous oak maturation. Great balance is exhibited on the pallet with coastal freshness, Mediterranean minerality and soft powdery tannins with a lengthy finish. Best drunk now and until 2025.