Posted on 10.01.20 Wine of the Week

#WOTW: Cabernet Franc at its fun, fabulous, fruity best

I love Cabernet Franc. In fact, I think it’s probably my favourite grape variety, so it’s a worthy wine of the week to kick off 2020.

To my taste, classic Cabernet Franc comes from the Loire, with Chinon feeling like its spiritual home. That said, it has evolved different styles elsewhere in the world. Sometimes it can lose its charm, getting a bit heavy and boozy, but not in South Africa. On holiday last year, I was blown away by some of the brilliant examples I found.

Glass Collection 2016 Cabernet Franc from Glenelly (£12.95 at Lea and Sandeman) comes from Stellenbosch, combining South African sunshine with some echoes of the Loire style. It has bright red fruit and herby notes on the nose, with bountiful red cherry and a refreshing lick of wet stone in the finish. This is what I’d call a ‘bistro wine’, perfect for pizza or a cheesy pasta dish and, come summer, it could take a light chill too.

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