Friday, June 18, 2021

Ormonde Ondine Cabernet Franc 2009

A wine from our cellar that we had with our supper last night turned out to be a jewel

This bottle of Ondine Cabernet Franc 2009 from Ormonde wine estate in Darling was one we bought a few years ago and cellared. Wow, Darling's best. South Africa produced a few magnificent Cabernet Franc-based wines in the 1990s, Christopher Keet’s iconic Cordoba Crescendo almost certainly leading the pack, but they were very rare. In recent years, we have seen many more very impressive wines from Cabernet Franc producers

This wine has all the desired components, good vanilla wood notes on both the nose and palate adding strength and backbone, beautiful rich, dark berry fruit, with those classic Cab Franc violets and umami flavours of liquorice and a hint of salty minerality and pencil shavings. Silky soft on the palate, the fruit sings... And it still had a line of supporting fruit acids to keep it lasting even longer

We hope that we have more in the cellar. So good with meat and it stood up to some spice 

Currently selling for R140 on the farm, this is a 4 star Platter wine.  Theo Basson tends to keep his wines for a few years before releasing them and we tasted the 2015 with him last December. Thank you for this one, Theo

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