Franschhoek is arguably the most Alpine of our Wine Appellations with Mountains soaring up either side of the valley. The views are spectacular, I remember a very early morning visit to Haute Cabrière and being blown away by the beauty of the morning light. The von Arnim family farm high up on the Franschhoek Pass, where in times gone by, elephants used to come over into the valley. The family grows the two great grapes of Burgundy and Champagne, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which they use for both white and red still wines, a fortified wine – Ratafia, and a range of spectacular Cap Classiques. The Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2018 is one of the gems in their crown.
The Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Unwooded 2018, displays the versatility of this grape when presented without the trammels of oak. Made like a white wine and ready for early drinking.
It looks like
Bottles under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle. The livery is new, and I think very elegant and fitting for a wine like this. In the glass, a lovely cherry translucency. Very beguiling.
It smells like
Fresh cherries and berries
It tastes like
Lovely red fruits, mocha, wood strawberries and a touch of forest floor after the rain. Chilled, it is a gem of a wine.
It’s good with
Excellent as a sundowner or aperitif before a meal which could contain seared tuna, veal scallops in an anchovy sauce, or indeed a pasta dish with fat pink prawns. It is a great midweek supper wine when served with Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Peach & Prosciutto Salad, Snoek Paté & Dried Fruit Pickle Harvest Lunch. Click here for her recipe
On The Haute Cabrière Restaurant Menu, Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller have any number of perfect partners for this wine. Do visit if you are n the area or going down on holiday. Click here for more information.
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