2018 Cabernet Franc
|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
Fragrant yet with lovely concentration of cherry, raspberry and damson, violets, tobacco, tea and dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, with sleek pure red and black fruit, smoked tea, herbs and underbrush. Good acid lift and fine texture added by super rich tannins. L&S (Jul 2020)
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Grapes from a Bottelary vineyard, maturation took place in 1 000-litre foudre. A perfumed nose with some leafiness, rose, fennel and fynbos to go with red and black berries. The palate displays lovely fruit purity, vibrant acidity and fine tannins, the finish pleasingly dry. Total production: 1 175 bottles.www.winemag.co.za(Apr 2020)
Damascene is a seriously exciting new find for us in South Africa. Their maiden vintage here was 2018 and we were blown away by the results. The highly acclaimed Jean Smit, previously winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof, has teamed up with David Curl, former owner of Bordeaux’s Chateau Gaby. Their goal is to explore all across the South African winelands in search of exceptional site. Sites that deliver an important moment of insight, and hence the name of the project. A Damascene moment of clarity, where we can all understand the greatness of these small, prized plots. The vineyards are old and well established but small, so each of these brilliant wines is only released in very small quantities. We urge you to catch them while you can.
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