Raats Cabernet Franc 2014
|Region||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
The nose entices with its perfume and a garrigue character of Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender and thyme with spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Intense brooding blackberry fruit, graphite and a streak of minerality add to the complexity of the nose. The palate is dominated by blueberry, mulberry, brambles, dark cherries, liquorice and the aniseed and other spices following through from the nose. The palate is complex and textured with fine grained silky tannins balancing the dark berry fruit. Blue- and blackberries dominate the smooth finish with hints of dark chocolate. Pairing: Rosemary rubbed grilled lamb chops or leg of lamb, tarragon chicken, duck breasts with cassis and raspberries, venison with blackberry sauce, flourless chocolate cake.
Fresh, with good varietal character and a core of dark cherry and plum fruit, liberally laced with olive and tobacco leaf notes. Bright acidity and a tug of earth carry the finish. Drink now through 2018. 336q cases made.