Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2020 Breton Cabernet Franc
Lukas takes Cabernet Franc to a new level. Remarkable freshness and complexity, and in the last few vintages it has moved away from the Bordeaux style of Cabernet, more towards the cool Loire style. In fact the wine takes its name from an old French name for Cabernet Franc. The wine is made up of two parcels: one vineyard planted in 2004 and the other in 2008. The fruit are picked and vinified separately and only blended together before bottling. The two vineyards are planted on decomposed granite with Koffieklip (coffee stone) in the top layer of soil.
50% of the final wine was whole bunch fermented. The destemmed grapes were left on their skins for two weeks after alcoholic fermentation to add depth to the mid palate. Only one punch down was done per day. After pressing, the three parcels underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel on their own. The wines were blended together after 10 months in barrel and bottled right after. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wines.
"This brilliant, stylishly refined Cabernet Franc uses equal amounts of fruit from the Polkadraai Hills and Firgrove. Perfumed and refreshing, it's a South African take on a St Nicolas de Bourgueil, all balance, poise and detail. Taut and granitic with gentle, caressing tannins and silky red berry and black cherry fruit. 2023-29". Tim Atkin MW, South African Wine Report 2021, 95 Points