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Cape Chamonix - Cabernet Franc 2015/2016

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Paarl
  • Wine Area: Franschhoek
  • Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
  • Grape: Cabernet Franc
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.20
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2013) VS: 89 (2012) WS: 88 (2013) TA: 93 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

On release the Cabernet Franc shows a deep ruby mulberry colour and intense bouquet with scents reminiscent of bellpepper, red berries, spice and cigar box. A wine of ample structure fills the mouth with concentrated fruit and berry sensations.

Winery Information

Cape Chamonix

Chamonix Wine Farm is nestled against Mont Rochelle mountain, deep within the rich wine-growing valley of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Formerly part of historic La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, Chamonix today comprises some 300 hectares. German-born Chris Hellinger purchased the farm in the early nineties when it was predominantly an export fruit farm. With tenacity and vigor a replanting program began, steadily replanting fruit trees with noble French varieties of vines and with.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)88 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2013 Cabernet Franc underwent three pump-overs and punch-downs per day and it is matured in around 60% new oak. It has an attractive bouquet with mint-tinged black fruit, perhaps more Cabernet Sauvignon in style than Cabernet Franc! I would have liked more bell pepper notes to come through. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin on the entry, although it follows through with satisfactory black pepper-tinged black fruit with a decent, slightly tertiary finish. It's just a couple of steps away from a very good Cabernet Franc...it just needs to deliver more varietal character, to not be afraid of that.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)89 pts

June 2015 - Medium red. Intriguing scents and flavors of redcurrant, mint, anise, rust, dried herbs and tobacco leaf. Quite suave in texture but without quite the depth of the two 2013 Reserve reds. Finishes with subtle length and dusty tannins that call for a couple years of cellaring. -- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Spectator (2013)88 pts

Caressing, dusty tannins carry notes of black cherry and tobacco leaf, with an echo of warm cocoa through the olive- and smoke-tinged finish.

Tim Atkin (2014)93 pts

Reviewed last year, but included here because it is now in bottle, this comes from some of the highest blocks on the farm. Leafy, elegant and refined, it’s grassy, floral and refreshing, with skilfully integrated 30% new oak. Drink: 2016-21