Thursday, May 17, 2012

KWV The Mentors Stellenbosch Cabernet Franc 2010 95 Points

Medium clear, bright, ruby red with slight purple rim, medium concentration, high viscosity.

Clean, expressive, high intensity,floral and perfume, cassis, blackberries, ripe dark cherries, well encase in the perfectly acceptable Cabernet Franc leafy, herbaceaous character, though NOT green, peppery, chalky minerals, never encountered in a SA Cabernet Franc before, pencil shavings, graphite complexity, layered liquid ink complexity, subtle spicy toasty note, there is so much personality going on there, very St Emillion like in terms of oak regime (18 months of which 70% was New French oak), yet the delicate fruit profile and perfect ripeness lends more towards Chinon.

Dry with medium plus acidity, precise, so fresh, mineral with ripe medium tannins, crunchy profile, full bodied, with very high alcohol (15%) though totally unnoticeable and fully integrated, juicy, savoury, hints of black olives, elegant overall structure, long persistent lenght, energetic complexity.

From now until 2023+ (pH of 3.47,I do not recall many SA Cabernet Franc with such a very good pH, testament to the quality here)

From a South Easterly Simonsberg vineyards, low yields of 4.5 ton hectare, harvested in March, total production of only 2640 litres, minuscule by world standards, but worth every drops, another convincing truth of the greatness of South African wines, a must buy!