Breton, Cabernet Franc, 2017

  Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Breton, Cabernet Franc

From two vineyards in Stellenbosch grown on decomposed granite soils, 100% whole bunch fermented and picked super early to retain freshness and structure. Brambly blackberry and blueberry fruit on the nose, herbal spicy with lip-smacking satisfaction and freshness. Crunchy tannins, pencil shavings and graphite, classic Loire Valley style Cabernet Franc – an excellent candidate for future blind tastings!

Contains Sulphites.

About Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Well, the cat is out of the bag, and Lukas Van Loggerenberg is one of the Cape’s hottest new tickets. He is still the full time winemaker at Carinus but launched his first solo labels in 2016. By the time the 2017s hit the market last year everybody wanted a piece of the action. He does not own any vineyards but has charmed his way in to sharing prime sites in Stellenbosch and Paarl. Combining magical old vineyards that, in Lukas’ words, “give a real nervous energy” with a love for the cool climate regions of Europe; particularly the Loire Valley, and it is not surprising that his young wines are some of the most electrifying in South Africa today. Quantities are tiny and all the money is focused in the vineyards. The wines are made in a glorified shed on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and limited space means that he can grow “humbly”. As a lover of acidity and lower alcohol levels Lukas is one of the earliest pickers; unusually for Stellenbosch he says that “my harvest starts at the same time as the guys in the Swartland but it goes way on. I like to blend different pickings and if the conditions are good then allow a portion to really benefit from the hang time”. He has become most famous for his two dazzling Chenin Blancs; Kamaraderie and Trust Your Gut, and Breton – a fabulous Loire Valley inspired Cabernet Franc. Kamaraderie is a 2 hectare vineyard in Paarl planted in the 1960s, while Trust Your Gut is a blend of Stellenbosch, Swartland and Paarl fruit. He also works with Cinsault and Syrah and, unsurprisingly, these are some of the juiciest, most characterful examples around. And don’t miss the Rose! The whole range comes highly recommended. Total production in 2017 was just 15,000 bottles.

Appellation: Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is the second oldest wine region in South Africa (after Constantia), established in 1679. Made up of five wards whose characteristics vary greatly, the dominant feature of the zone is the influence of the atlantic breeze sweeping in and keeping a check on the African heat. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinotage are the regions best known varieties, but Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also seeing some measure of success. Vineyards at a little altitude, aided by the atlantic breeze, are producing wines that marry New World charm with old world elegance.

Grape Type: Cabernet Franc

Ripening earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc acts both as great blender with its special herb infused red berry fragrance, and at the same time as a form of insurance policy. On the cooler, clay soils of the Right Bank it adds backbone to many of the Merlot-dominated St Emilions and Pomerols. There are a small number of outstanding Cabernet Franc-based blends on the right bank, the most sought after being Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Le Dôme, Angelus and Vieux Château Certan. Outside of Bordeaux it's the major red grape of the Loire valley, where huge strides in quality have been made over the last decade by producers such as Yannick Amirault, Domaine de la Butte, Charles Joguet and Château de Hureau. Here it is mainly produced as a 100% single varietal wine, highly expressive, pungently scented, vital and silky.