Van Loggerenberg Wines, Breton Cabernet Franc 750ml 2018South Africa, Stellenbosch
Lukas Van Loggerenberg is one of SA’s most exciting new winemakers. He was named 2018 Young Winemaker of the Year by Tim Atkin. His wines are only available only in small quantities, with the previous vintages having sold out in a flash.
'Lukas van Loggerenberg is a kind and gentle giant who makes wines that combine elegance, precision and sheer pleasure. This delicious Cabernet Franc comes from three farms in the Polkadraai Hills and is a grassy, delicately articulated marvel. Violet and lead pencil aromas segue into a fresh, nuanced, subtly wooded palate. 2020-28.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 95/100
'Very much Loire inspired. From three Polkadraai vineyards, winemaking involved 65% whole-bunch fermentation. A pronounced herbal note to go with red fruit and violets on the nose. Medium-bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins, the finish super-salty. Seems a bit more angular than the much celebrated 2017 vintage.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 91/100
'The name Breton is from the old French name in the Loire for Cabernet Franc. We chose this name as it was in the Loire valley that we made the final decision to start Van Loggerenberg Wines. The silhouette of the woman symbolizes the elegance of Cabernet Franc and is emphasized again by the Percheron horse. This breed is always perceived as this rough brute of a horse but in my view is very elegant and in that way similar to Cabernet Franc to me -firm but with great elegance to it. The landmark on the label is in the Bluegum Grove vineyard used in the wine. The stamp shows a Donnie Merino sheep which was first cloned on Elsenburg and is symbolic of my studies there.' – Lukas Van Loggerenberg, Winemaker
The wine is made up of two parcels of fruit which are picked and vinified separately and only blended together before bottling. 66% of the fruit is from Bluegum Grove Farm, Polkadraai region in Stellenbosch whilst the remainder is from Klein Welmoed Farm just off the Baden Powell road. Both vineyards are planted on decomposed granite with Koffieklip in the top layer of soil.
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