Lukas Van Loggerenberg Breton Cabernet Franc 2018


Lukas van Loggerenberg is a kind and gentle giant who makes wines that combine elegance, precision and sheer pleasure. This delicious Cabernet Franc comes from three farms in the Polkadraai Hills and is a grassy, delicately articulated marvel. Violet and lead pencil aromas segue into a fresh, nuanced, subtly wooded palate. 2020-28 95/100 Tim Atkin MW

In the vineyards

The wine is made up of two parcels of fruit which are picked and vinified separately and only blended together before bottling. 66% of the fruit is from Bluegum Grove Farm, Polkadraai region in Stellenbosch whilst the remainder is from Klein Welmoed Farm just off the Baden Powell road.

Both vineyards are planted on decomposed granite with Koffieklip in the top layer of soil.

In the cellar

The Bluegum Grove fruit was 100% whole-bunch fermented and Klein Welmoed fruit 100% de-stemmed. The Bluegum grove fruit showed classic characteristics of Cabernet Franc which is why I chose to whole-bunch ferment to maintain those flavours. Both parcels were left to start fermenting naturally with one punch down per day performed. The de-stemmed grapes were left on their skins for two weeks after alcoholic fermentation to add depth to the mid palate. After pressing, the two parcels underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel on their own. The wines were blended together after 10 months in barrel and bottled right after. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wines.

Label story

The name Breton is from the old French name in the Loire for Cabernet Franc. We chose this name as it was in the Loire valley that we made the final decision to start Van Loggerenberg Wines. The silhouette of the woman symbolises the elegance of Cabernet Franc and is emphasised again by the Percheron horse. This breed is always perceived as this rough brute of a horse but in my view is very elegant and in that way similar to Cabernet Franc to me -firm but with great elegance to it.

The landmark on the label is in the Bluegum Grove vineyard used in the wine. The stamp shows a Donnie Merino sheep which was first cloned on Elsenburg and is symbolic of my studies there.

100% Cabernet Franc
W .0 Stellenbosch
Soil: Decomposed granite, koffieklip
Alcohol Vol%: 13%
pH: 3.64
Total acidity: 5.2g/l