Aromas of black cherry and anise with hints of black pepper and tobacco leaf from the time in barrel. Soft tannins balanced with bright acidity and a juicy palate. The finish is long and lingering with hints of dark chocolate.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon , 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec.

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.

Gabriëlskloof winery is in the Bot River ward, where prevailing southerly winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean create a mesoclimate perfectly suited to low-yielding vineyards. The farm and vineyards were established in 2000, with the first vintage made in the cellar in 2009. Gabriëlskloof strives to farm as sustainably as possible, and was recently awarded Championship status for BWI (Biodiversity in wine). There are a variety of different soils on the farm, with the Cabernet Franc being planted on a combination of Bokkeveld Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone.

All the fruit for this blend was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Fermentation and ageing both took place in barrel and in tank, and maturation over 12 months in second and third-fill barrels.