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David Finlayson Camino Cabernet Franc 2017

David Finlayson Camino Cabernet Franc 2017

About this Wine

The David Finlayson Camino Cabernet Franc 2017 artfully embodies the rich and diverse terroir of South Africa’s celebrated wine regions. This specific 2017 vintage, with its favorable weather patterns, allowed the Cabernet Franc grapes to mature and ripen perfectly, developing a spectacular balance of acidity and sugar levels. Within each bottle of Camino Cabernet Franc 2017 lies a meticulous expression of the grape’s character, weaving a tapestry of delightful aromas and flavors that pay homage to the varietal’s heritage while echoing the uniqueness of its South African origins. It’s a wine that stands not just as a beverage, but as an experience, encapsulating the joy and vibrancy of the landscapes where the grapes are nurtured.

Tasting Notes

Gaze upon its captivating ruby red color, deep and alluring, promising a sensory adventure. The first sniff reveals a bouquet teeming with red and black fruits — think blackberries, raspberries, and a hint of plums — accompanied by subtle undertones of green bell pepper and light, sweet spices, offering a tantalizing preview of its complex profile.

As it graces your palate, the Camino Cabernet Franc 2017 unveils its full splendor: a harmonious balance of acidity and tannins supporting a spectrum of ripe fruit flavors, with subtle hints of vanilla and smoky oak woven throughout, courtesy of its careful aging process. The finish is sustained and smooth, leaving a delightful aftertaste that beckons you to take another sip.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Franc.
  • Vineyard Location: The wine is sourced from selected vineyards in the Western Cape, an area renowned for its ideal conditions for cultivating expressive and balanced Cabernet Franc grapes.
  • Vineyard Practices: Employing sustainable viticulture practices, the vineyards are meticulously managed to promote the health of the vines and the environment.
  • Harvesting: The grapes are hand-harvested at their peak of ripeness in the cool early morning hours to preserve their aromatic and flavor integrity.
  • Fermentation: Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks with temperature controls, ensuring the preservation of the delicate flavors and aromas inherent to the Cabernet Franc variety.
  • Aging Process: The wine is aged in French oak barrels. This careful aging process introduces subtle notes of oak and spice without overshadowing the vibrant fruit character.
  • Alcohol Content: With a balanced alcohol content of around 14%, the wine is smooth and approachable while still robust and complex.
  • Bottling: The wine is bottled with minimal intervention to capture and preserve the essence of the grape and its terroir, resulting in a bottle that is true to its origins and variety.

Scores & Reviews

Technical Analysis:

The David Finlayson Camino Cabernet Franc 2017 artfully embodies the rich and diverse terroir of South Africa’s celebrated wine regions. This specific 2017 vintage, with its favorable weather patterns, allowed the Cabernet Franc grapes to mature and ripen perfectly, developing a spectacular balance of acidity and sugar levels. Within each bottle of Camino Cabernet Franc 2017 lies a meticulous expression of the grape’s character, weaving a tapestry of delightful aromas and flavors that pay homage to the varietal’s heritage while echoing the uniqueness of its South African origins. It’s a wine that stands not just as a beverage, but as an experience, encapsulating the joy and vibrancy of the landscapes where the grapes are nurtured.

94 pts John Platter

91 pts Tim Atkin