Breton, Cabernet Franc
Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Breton, Cabernet Franc, 2022



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Lukas Van Loggerenberg, Breton, Cabernet Franc, 2022


Tasting Notes

13 %


Breton was the wine that first turned our heads back in 2017, Lukas’ second vintage. In 2022 it comes from two sites: 75% from the vineyard next to Meerlust, where the soils are a complex mix of granite, clay and gravel and 25% from the Polkadraai Hills (Blue Gum Grove), on granite. The first component is completely destemmed and raised 85% in concrete (a new development), 15% in wood. The second component is fermented with 100% whole bunches and raised in used 500L barrels. In the end, Lukas pushed for a really long skin contact of almost three months. Both sites are in great health and well-draining, yielding Cabernet Franc with very pure blue-black fruit. The 2022 plays with fruit on both the red and black spectrum. It is super precise and athletic with supporting mineral, savoury bass notes too. Fantastic.

Critics score



Neal Martin, Vinous


The 2022 Breton is Cabernet Franc grown next to the Meerlust estate on granitic Koffeeklip soils, matured 45% in concrete and the remainder in 500-liter French oak barrels. It has a focused pencil box, tobacco-scented bouquet, a touch of loam, and vibrant black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. What I like about this is that it grabs the variety by the lapels and articulates it with utmost clarity. Touches of cracked black pepper on the finish, long and Old World in style, this is Loire meets Stellenbosch.



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Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Well, the cat is out of the bag, and Lukas Van Loggerenberg is now well-known as one of the Cape’s hottest tickets. He does not own any vineyards but has charmed his way into some prime sites across Stellenbosch, Swartland 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, it is not surprising that his young wines are some of the most electrifying in South Africa today. As a lover of acidity and lower alcohol levels Lukas is an early picker. Although based in Stellenbosch, “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 I leave a little bit to really benefit from extended hang time”. Lukas is perhaps 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 two 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 most refined examples around. And don’t miss his pale, Provence-style Rose!

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