The nose shows floral perfume and fynbos before cherry and cranberry plus a little earthiness. The palate is generous without being too rich or heavy – good fruit expression, nice bright acidity and lightly grippy tannins. Alcohol is 14% and there is a slight impression of sweetness but you cannot accuse this of being effete as a few New Wave renditions can tend to be. 92/100 Christian Eedes winemag.co.za
100% Grenache Noir this is the maiden vintage of this wine. The grapes are from a dry land bush vine vineyard in Piekenierskloof. 25% whole cluster fermentation. Light extraction in the cellar with no yeast, acid, enzymes added.
The wine matured for 9 month in old 300l French barrels. It is unfined and coarse filtration.
Franco made this wine for his first born daughter Lua Ilse born in 2019. We guess she won’t be drinking any of it any time soon.