Crush – 100 South African Wines to drink now, #11, Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015…

Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015

My choice of this wine for my #11, the Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015, is because this wine has been winking at me for some time from my wine racks. Rietvallei is, at 155 years old, one of the oldest family owned wine Estates in the Robertson Wine Appellation. I have recently tasted some Cabernet Francs from other producers, as single variety wines and really enjoyed them. Like Merlot, Cabernet Franc has been used as a blending wine, usually with Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc interestingly is a parent grape of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc is a 100% varietal wine, with grapes harvested from a single vineyard. Careful tending in the vineyard by Owner Kobus Burger and his team and minimal interference elevation in the cellar allows the Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015 be a perfect expression of the aspects of terroir – the position of the vineyard, the soils, the microclimate and I always feel the hand of the winemaker. The Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015 was pronounced the National Winner in the Novare SA Terroir Awards 2018.

The Burgers of Rietvallei Wine Estate in the Robertson Wine Appellation

Appropriately bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle. In the glass, the Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015 is an Indian ink red at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical Cabernet Franc – squashed blackcurrants, graphite, ripe bloodplums and roadside brambles.  All these appear on the palate as well, in generosity and abundance. The oak and its concomitant spices, and vanilla is in support of the fruit and the mildly grippy tannins. Generous full palate with all the components beautifully interwoven in the long and gently waning aftertaste.

A generous bunch of Cabernet Sauvignon

Melanzane Parmigiana

This is a food wine, no doubt. Game birds en casserole are just perfect with the Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015. Lusty Vegetable Dishes with well reduced tomato, mushrooms and aubergine, like the Italian Melanzane Parmigiana, love it.

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