Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Red 2020
The vines in the vineyards providing the fruit for this Cab Franc dominant wine were planted between 1976 and 1988. Cab Franc represents 91% of the blend, with the remainder being 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. 18 months maturation in oak with 40% new French oak. The colour here is an appealing vibrant purple. The nose offers red cherries, raspberries, plums, and florals, with the merest whiff of leafiness. The palate is balanced and offers some plushness, with an intriguing softness. There is a fine minerality playing a supporting role plus some chocolate on the palate. Fine tannins, good concentration and a promising future, enjoy this over the next eight to ten years.