Oldenburg Cabernet Franc Barrel Selection 2014 & Nina Timm’s Gnocchi with meatballs & creamy tomato sauce – 16.02.2017

Oldenburg Cabernet Franc Barrel Selection 2014

There are few wine Estates over which mountains stand towering benignly as Oldenburg, situated high above the Banghoek Valley. In one of the northernmost parts of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, the Estate looks out over the Stellenbosch and Groot Drakenstein Mountains. An enchanting hillock Rondekop sits in the middle of the vineyards, creating not only a unique microclimate, but also consisting of mainly ferrous soils which add so much to the flavour in wine.

Oldenburg owner Adrian Cabernet Franc is one of the old traditional grapes of Bordeaux. Interestingly it is a parent grape of Cabernet Sauvignon, the other being the white grape of Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc. In South Africa, it works very well as a single variety wine and the Oldenburg Cabernet Franc Barrel Selection 2014 is a fine expression of this grape.  Harvested by hand, the grapes are destemmed and crushed and allowed to soak for three days – this starts the aroma and flavour and gentle tannin extraction. Once the fermentation starts, pump overs take place three times per day.  When fermented dry and pressed, the wine spends 25 months in 300 litre French oak barrels of which 25% were new barrels.  The wine was then selected from the finest barrels and prepared for bottling.

Cabernet Franc ripening on the vine

It looks like
Bottled in the traditional Bordeaux shaped bottle with an elegant black label.  In the glass, a deep Satsuma plum which pales out to ruby garnet at the rim.

It smells like
Warm red and black hedgerow fruits and spiced plums. Undertow of charcuterie.

It tastes like
Rich full and round from entry to aftertaste. Red berries, brambles and bloodplums elegantly interwoven tannins end in a long after flavour with whispers of kelp and sea salt.

Nina Timm’s Gnocchi with meatballs & creamy tomato sauce

It’s good with
This is a great food wine. Perhaps also the wine for after dinner relaxing and philosophical conversation. While it is perfect with the traditional roast lunch or dinner, it works as well with a well-cooked midweek meal when you want an excellent bottle of wine after a busy day. Nina Timm’s Gnocchi with meatballs & creamy tomato sauce is the perfect answer. Click here for her recipe.

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