Bío Bío Valley, South Region


Lourens River Valley Cabernet Franc Blend 2010

Nose has distant baby diaper, wet lavender, moist garden soil, over-ripe black cherry and partially dried black currant. There is a trailing note of alcohol.

Palate has ripe blackcurrant, black raspberry, minor wood influence, faint leather, licorice and light green herbal notes. Medium level of tannins, this bottle has plenty of life ahead, likely better in several more years, 2023-2026.

This Bordeaux-style from South Africa had me at a crossroad, the nose is so distinctly different from the palate. When I first decanted it (~2 hours) it was much more stinky than it is now, I wasn't sure if it would live to enjoy this evening or be destined for tomorrow. But a corner had turned, nose mellowed and it's becoming quite enjoyable.

50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
— 4 days ago

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