Rietvallei Wine Estate > JMB Cabernet Franc 2016
R420.00 per bottle

R2,520.00 per case

JMB Cabernet Franc 2016

JMB Cabernet Franc 2016

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AWARDS & RATINGS

 

2016 VINTAGE:
2022 National Wine Challenge: Double Gold
2022 Gilbert Gaillard International Wine Challenge: 92/100 Rating
2022 SA Cabernet Franc Challenge: Silver
2021 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold
2021 SA Terroir Wine Awards: Cabernet Franc: Robertson & Swellendam District
2021 SA Cabernet Franc Challenge: Top 6
2020 SA Cabernet Franc Challenge: Top 6
2020 National Wine Challenge: Double Sliver
2019 Cabernet Franc Challenge: Gold
2020 International Wine Challenge: Bronze 

 

 

2014 VINTAGE:
2020 Cabernet Franc Challenge: Gold
2020 Sommelier Wine Awards: Gold
2020 SAWI Fine Wine Guide: Platinum
2019 Sommelier Wine Awards: Gold
2019 SA Cabernet Franc Challenge: Gold
2019 National Wine Challenge: Double Gold
2019 SA Terroir Awards: National Winner, top Cabernet Franc
2018 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold 

 

2015 VINTAGE:
2017 Tim Atkin SA Review: 92 point rating
2018 Winemag: 91 point rating 

 

2013 VINTAGE:
2016 Tim Atkin SA Review: 92 point rating
2016 Winemag: 91 point rating 

 

2011 VINTAGE:
2017 Sakura Awards, Japan: Double Gold
2017 SA Sommelier Selection: Best Cellar Selection Red
2015 SA Terroir Awards: National Winner, top Cabernet Franc


DESCRIPTION

VITICULTURE

This Cabernet Franc is made from a single vineyard, planted in 2003 and the clone is 623B. The vines are trellised, under drip-irrigation and the soil type is calcareous (red clay & lime mix). The selection process for this special cuvée already started with identifying the specific vineyard and working it with special care, from pruning right through to harvesting, thereby ensuring a low yield and premium quality fruit.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness at 25 °Balling (Brix) and allowed to ferment naturally (wild yeast). During fermentation, the temperature was regulated at 25 – 28 °Celsius and the cap soaked with pump-overs every two to three hours. When dry, the wine was left on the skins for another five days before racking and pressing.  After malolactic fermentation started, the wine was transferred to new 300-litre French oak barrels where it was left to mature for 24 months.


WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc is a 100% cultivar wine. It is full-bodied and complex, with excellent fruit and wood-integration. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar allows this wine to express its terroir to the fullest. Deep ruby red, almost black in colour. Expressive aromas of blackcurrant, plums, pencil shavings and spicy toasted oak on the nose. On the palate, the blackcurrant and plum flavours persist, backed and well complemented by the toasty oak flavours from 26 months’ new oak aging. The tannins are sumptuous, making this is a well-rounded wine which is showing beautifully now in its youth, but which has the structure and fruit to mature for a good 10 years plus


FOOD PAIRING & SERVING SUGGESTION

This wine will pair beautifully with rare roast beef, lamb and more complex dishes of feathered game. Serve at room temperature (18°C).


WINE ANALYSIS

Residual Sugar: 3.34 g/l
Alcohol: 14.40 %
Acidity: 6.28 g/l
PH: 3.40 VA: 0.67 g/l
Total Extract: 43.4 g/l
Total SO2: 122 mg/l
Free SO2: 37 mg/l


PACKAGING DETAILS

Bottle volume: 750ml
Case size: 6 x 750ml
Pallet size: 78 x 6 x 750ml
Case weight: 9.14 kg
Closure: Natural Cork


 

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