2019 Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch
|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
The 2019 Cabernet Franc is even better than the 2018: floral, spicy, linear and savoury, food friendly and happily without the overt herbal notes that mar so many other - more overworked - examples. Michael Fridjhon (Nov 2020)
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80% of grapes from Bottelary and 20% from Polkadraai. The nose is subtly fragrant with notes of red fruit, herbs including bay leaf and fennel plus some rose. The palate is light-bodied with bright acidity and very fine tannins, the finish super-dry. Possessing great poise and purity, this is supremely elegant. Rating: 93 www.winemag.co.za (Oct 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. 2019, their second vintage was sold out on release, read the press release HERE.
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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