94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
Consistently among my favourite Franschhoek producers, Lynx offers wines at approachable prices too. This is a case in point, delivering an amazing amount of flavour, texture and perfume at the price. With 30% new oak, it’s a fine, violet-scented red complemented by granular tannins and leafy complexity. 2019-25.
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A savory cast to the dark fruit on the nose brings forth earth toned notes, a floral lift, some of the varietal’s leafiness, as well as a touch of pencil lead/graphite aromatically. Medium fuller bodied, the palate shows beautiful balance, textural mid palate suppleness with tannins that are finer grained and framing the dark fruit flavors perfectly with a note of graphite on the finish. There are no angular edges here; this is almost seamless with noted length and a finely tuned elegance that speaks of the wine’s pedigree. A real beauty that is showing well now, this should drink wonderfully over the next 2-3 years quite easily.
After harvesting the grapes the must has been cold soaked for 7 days at a temperature of 7°C. Thereafter it was fermented for 8 days in open concrete tanks with 5 punch downs a day. Finally, the wine was oaked for 12 months in French and European Oak barrels. After 12 months only the best barrels were chosen to make up the components for The Cabernet Franc by maturing it another 6 month in barrels. The wine was in the end matured for a total of 18 months in 60% 1st fill and 40% 2nd fill
Pairing: Chicken tomato curry, fried duck breast with orange sauce, smoky vegetables and turkey with a nice gravy accomplished with cranberries works well with this wine.
Storability: Drinking well now, but perfect after aging another 3-5 years. Can easily age up to 10-15 years.