88 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate |
About the Wine
88 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“The 2013 Cabernet Franc underwent three pump-overs and punch-downs per day and it is matured in around 60% new oak. It has an attractive bouquet with mint-tinged black fruit, perhaps more Cabernet Sauvignon in style than Cabernet Franc! I would have liked more bell pepper notes to come through. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin on the entry, although it follows through with satisfactory black pepper-tinged black fruit with a decent, slightly tertiary finish. It’s just a couple of steps away from a very good Cabernet Franc...it just needs to deliver more varietal character, to not be afraid of that.”
About The Winery
Chamonix Wine Farm is nestled against Mont Rochelle, deep within the rich wine-growing valley of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Formerly part of the historic La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, Chamonix today comprises some 750 acres. German-born Chris Hellinger purchased the farm in the early 1990s when it was predominantly an export fruit farm. With tenacity and vigor, a replanting program began, steadily replanting fruit trees with noble French grape varieties. An underground cellar was built drawing upon Hellinger's engineering background and old world principles. An underground passage leads through the cellar up into the Blacksmith's Cottage, built in the late 1700s, which now houses the Tasting Room and Sales Department.