Loire Valley fan Lukas van Loggerenberg makes this brilliant Cabernet Franc from three sites, two on ferricrete and one on granite soils. Fermented with 65% whole bunches, it’s a beautifully judged, refined wine with lovely sap, freshness and crisp, black and red cherry fruit and a graphite top note. 95/100 Tim Atkin MW
In the vineyards
The wine is made up of three parcels of fruit which are picked and vinified separately and only blended together before bottling. The three vineyards are planted on decomposed granite with Koffieklip in the top layer of soil.
In the cellar
50% of the final wine was whole bunch fermented. The destemmed grapes were left on their skins for two weeks after alcoholic fermentation to add depth to the mid palate. Only one punch down was done per day. After pressing, the three 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.
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 symbolizes the elegance of Cabernet Franc and is emphasized 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, which was the only vineyard in the first vintage of 2016.
100% Cabernet Franc
Soil: Decomposed granite, with koffieklip in top soil
Alcohol Vol%: 13.5%
Total acidity: 5.3g/l