Gabriëlskloof The Landscape Series Cabernet Franc



Winemaker’s Notes:

The 2018 vintage was a challenging one, with drought as the predominant factor leading to smaller yields. The yield for the Syrah on Shale block was down by 20% from 2017 to 2018. The dry weather throughout the season did have its advantages, though, as vines were healthy, with little or no pests and diseases and improved overall quality.

The fruit comes from a single vineyard, mountainside site on the Gabriëlskloof property. The soil is a combination of Overberg Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, with this complexity transferred into the wine through a lovely mix of fruit and spice. The vineyard is 16 years old, and this maturity shows in the depth and character of the wine.

The fruit was hand-picked into small crates and transferred directly into our cold room where it remained overnight. 80% of the crop was destemmed with the remaining 20% left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild and aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French Oak used.

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The Landscape Series of wines is an authentic representation of our top vineyards, as well as a few old vine treasures. We wanted the labels to reflect this and decided to commission local artist and friend Niël Jonker to capture the spirit of our Overberg landscapes.The first two wines to be released as part of the series were the Magdalena and Elodie in August 2016, with the Cabernet Franc and the two single vineyard Syrahs released in June 2017.

Lighter and fresher than previous vintages with Cranberry, blueberry and ripe cherry on the nose combining with savoury, fresh herbal notes. The palate is tightly wound and fresh and will develop beautifully over the next ten years and more. Ageing Potential – delicious now and into 2028.



Gabrielskloof Wines

While Bernhard Heyns was still living in Johannesburg - he had a dream of starting a wine farm from scratch. In 2001, his dream started to become a reality when he bought a Canola farm in Bot River. He saw its potential to produce excellent quality wines and started growing vines in 2002 - their first vintage was in 2008.Gabrielskloof is a family-run business. Bernhard's daughter Nicolene is married to Peter-Allan Finlayson who owns Crystallum wines. Peter-Allan joined the Gabrielskloof team as winemaker in 2014 and he has been making beautiful elegant wines for them ever since his first vintage in 2015.
TEAM: Peter-Allan Finlayson is the head winemaker at Gabrielskloof. He is the son of Peter Finlayson, the Pioneer of Pinot Noir who founded Bouchard Finlayson and, like his father, he has a passion for making wine and has proven to be exceptional at it. Nicolene is involved with the business side of Gabrielskloof and together with an excellent team, she ensures that visitors to the farm are very well looked after.
LOCATION: Gabrielskloof is located just after the Bot River turn-off from the N2 between Elgin and Hermanus. There are two main soil types on the farm – sandstone and shale and the wines produced are a reflection of the terroir. They farm sustainably and aim to protect and preserve the environment as much as possible.