Oldenburg Cabernet Franc
At Oldenburg Vineyards, we believe that great wines can only come from the
best quality grapes. Our intervention in the vineyards is minimal, to reflect the
full potential of our mountain terroir. The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true
expression of terroir through this range of single cultivar wines. The confluence
of the 8 Natural Elements that determine our unique terroir is explored through
these wines and their real sense of place. The 8 elements are depicted on the
intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. Wines made in an
uncompromising manner, to showcase the finest qualities of each cultivar.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION
Grapes were harvested and sorted carefully by hand, and cold-soaked for 3 days
before fermentation was initiated. Pump overs were performed three times daily.
Wines were matured for 18 months in 300L French oak barrels in 25% new oak.
The wine presents a rich, garnet colour. A herbaceous confluence of green bell
pepper, paprika and white pepper creates an alluring nose before an
irresistible layer of red fruit materializes filled with redcurrants and
pomegranate, with a citrus-hint of grapefruit. A spectacular acidity and a fine
coating of elegant tannins creates a juicy wine that will only improve with age.
The 2016 vintage was a challenging one; warm conditions from the end of
October through to late January restricting vine growth, leading to reduced
bunch weights. The dry conditions helped ensure excellent grape quality, with
smaller berry sizes bringing concentrated flavour and colour. Judicious
irrigation and soils with excellent water holding capacity ensured our vineyards
avoided water stress and helped us to produce another fantastic harvest.