MEGAN MARI CABERNET FRANC / MERLOT ,
W.O. FRANSCHHOEK 2020
“For Megan Mari, our red blend of our lives” This artistic combination of South African fauna and flora has been our inspiration for this bespoke regional red wine from Franschhoek, which is dedicated to our eldest daughter, Megan Mari.
This is the 3rd vintage we make our Cabernet Franc Blend from this parcel of grapes and most probably our best vintage ever. The grapes (Cab Franc and Merlot) were handpicked at phenolic ripeness, whereafter we hand sorted the grape bunches, as well as the berries. A few days of extended skin contact was conducted after fermentation, before the wines were individually packed away in 2nd to 4th fill French 225L oak barrels.
We extended our barrel maturation with a few months, which I believe was the only difference in this wine, vs our previous vintages. The standout of this wine, is the seamless integration of ripe grape tannins with the French oak wood tannins. A complex wine with regional fynbos aromas, mulberry fruit and roasted bell pepper.
LUMO AWARDS 2022 – Red wine of the year, Megan-Mari 2020
“The arithmetic average of 93.3 points out of 100 is indicative of the panel’s consensus of the quality of this sample. Fiona noted that this sample was a stunner with “beautiful poise and elegance”. It was well structured and harmonious with concentration and seamless integration of oak. A wine with many years ahead, which still provides a huge amount of current drinking pleasure”. Fiona McDonald
TA 5.8 g/L
RS 2.5 g/L
VA 0.65 g/L