David Finlayson Camino Africana Cabernet Franc 2019

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - David Finlayson
Main Variety - Cabernet Franc
Alcohol - 13.34 %vol
pH - 3.49
RS - 1.6 g/l
Total Acid - 6.1 g/l
Volatile Acidity - 0.85 g/l
SO2 - 100 mg/l
Free SO2 - 31 mg/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch

Characteristics

Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Full
Taste - Fragrant


Accolades

Camino Africana Cabernet Franc 2015
2020 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Camino Africana Cabernet Franc 2015
Gold:  2018 Cabernet Franc Challenge
91 points:  James Suckling.com
90 points:  Neal Martin August 29, 2018 - Vinous

Camino Africana Cabernet Franc 2014
Platter Guide 2017:  4½ Star Platter
92 points:  Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
90 points:  Tim Atkin SA report

Camino Africana Cabernet Franc 2013
91+ points:  Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
Double Gold:  Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards
Silver:  International Wine Challenge 2015
93 points:  Tim Atkin SA report


Tasting Notes

Depth, structure, bold fruit and suave, juicy tannins – all bolstered with classy wood regimen – make for unmistakable quality.

Bottled with minimal filtration and no fining to maintain the wine’s fine structure. This is as non-interventionist as he could manage. The fruit is pure and very expressive, and challenges the notion that this grape should be used for blending.


Ageing Potential

A wine for maturation and enjoyment when the time is truly ripe for the reward.  


Blend Information

100% Cabernet Franc

In The Vineyard

With all the hype for resurrected old vine projects and natural wines, David’s “Camino Africana” project seeks to kill 2 birds with one stone. This is the oldest Cab Franc vineyard in Stellenbosch – planted in 1985. The vineyard is in fairly poor condition and its upkeep and rejuvenation is constant and ongoing. The 5

tons of Cab Franc grapes (that’s all of it) were carefully sorted and lightly pressed into a 5-ton fermenter. After 3 days of cold soaking and allowing spontaneous fermentation to take place, pump overs occurred 3 times per day for 14 days. 10 full days of post ferment maceration was followed by a soft press and further 18 months’ maturation in new 300 liter Allier hogshead barrels. Bottled with minimal filtration and no fining to maintain the wine’s fine structure. This is as non-interventionist as he could manage. The fruit is pure and very expressive, and challenges the notion that this grape should be used for blending.

In The Cellar

The 5 tons Cab Franc grapes were carefully sorted and crushed whole berry into a 5 ton fermenter. After 3 days cold soak and allowing spontaneous fermentation to take place, pumpovers occurred 3 times per day for 14 days. 10 days post ferment maceration was followed by a soft press and further 24 months maturation in 30% New and 70% Second Fill 300 litre Allier Hogshead barrels. Bottled with minimal filtration and no fining to maintain the wines fine structure.



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