The Mulderbosch Cabernet Franc 2015 and 2016 was rated among South Africa’s top six Cabernet Francs in the recent Cabernet Franc Challenge.
Celebrated at an awards function in Franschhoek on Tuesday 16 April, Adam Mason took to the stage: “Cabernet Franc thrives on the free draining ‘koffieklip’ soils here at Mulderbosch Vineyards on the southern slopes of the Stellenbosch Kloof, 12-odd kilometres from False Bay.
Of the 2016, Mason adds: “One particular vineyard consistently impressed us, being annually the stand-out tank of red wine in the cellar. Aside from being an important component in our Faithful Hound red blend, it now also found a home as a single vineyard bottling of Cabernet Franc. We’re happy to see it pay off.”
The 2016 vintage Cabernet Franc spent 17 months in 300L French Oak barrels, 50% of which were new. The wine was bottled with no filtration or fining in July 2017, so may develop a light sediment over time.
Cabernet Franc, as a single varietal wine, has steadily gained popularity both locally and abroad. Produced in a fruity style, the palate has great length, a core of bright red fruit and abounds in youthful intensity.