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GABRIELSKLOOF Walker Bay Cabernet Franc 2018 Bottle - VGN/SUS

Red Still Wine | South Africa | Walker Bay | 75cl

£32.95 / £197.70 £187.82 case

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Red Wine

ABV: 13.5%
Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Cork
Country: South Africa
Region: Walker Bay
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grape: Cabernet Franc


Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. After planting, his first vintage was in 2009. We felt compelled to add Gabriëlskloof to our list because Peter-Allan Finlayson, Bernhard’s son-in-law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. The farm has 300 hectares, with 68 hectares planted to vines. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future.

VINIFICATION: The fruit was hand-picked into small crates and transferred directly into the cool room where it remained overnight. 80% of the crop was destemmed with the remaining 20% left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in 500-litre barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French oak used.

TASTING: Bright ruby in colour, the 2018 is lighter and fresher than previous vintages. It has a beautiful perfume of cranberry, blueberry and ripe cherry on the nose, with an earthy minerality and savoury, fresh herbal notes. It has fantastic crunchy acidity that lifts the wine and makes it immediately approachable alongside its fine, integrated tannins.