Cape Chamonix Cabernet Franc

Code: AA1736
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South Africa's Franschhoek Valley gets its name from settlement by Huguenot refugees in the 17th century, and one of the first farms established by those settlers, in 1688, was La Cotte.  Wine has formed an important part of the production of this area ever since, and in 1991 Cape Chamonix Estate was founded on part of that original Huguenot farm.  Known particularly for its Chardonnay, produced from fruit grown on limestone soils high up on the northern slopes of the Franshhoek Valley, in recent years winemaker Gottfried Mocke has established an enviable reputation for its reds too - making elegant, complex, beautifully balanced wines.

Chamonix Cabernet Franc is a superb example of this less well known cousin of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety.  Vivid cherry red in colour, this wine offers aromas of black and redcurrants with just a hint of crushed leaves, a creamy, medium weight palate with really vibrant berry fruit flavours, a lovely peppery buzz around the tongue and a lingering finish with a nice balance of cherry fruit, sweet vanilla and drier, delicately spicy notes.