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Van Loggerenberg Breton Cabernet Franc

$75.00

3 in stock

Vintage: 2022
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc

Van Loggerenberg Breton Cabernet Franc is grown next to the Meerlust estate and has a focused pencil box, tobacco-scented bouquet, a touch of loam, and vibrant black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. Touches of cracked black pepper on the finish, long and Old World in style, this is the Loire meets Stellenbosch.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Black Cherry, Black Currant

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

13-14%

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Medium

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Room Temperature (63°–67°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Vine Street Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Van Loggerenberg Breton Cabernet Franc

Van Loggerenberg Breton Cabernet Franc is grown next to the Meerlust estate on granitic Koffeeklip soils, matured 45% in concrete and the remainder in 500-liter French oak barrels. It has a focused pencil box, tobacco-scented bouquet, a touch of loam, and vibrant black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. What I like about this is that it grabs the variety by the lapels and articulates it with utmost clarity. Touches of cracked black pepper on the finish, long and Old World in style, this is the Loire meets Stellenbosch.

The name ‘Breton’ is from the old French name in the Loire Valley for Cabernet Franc. Lukas and Roxanne chose this name as it was while on a trip to the Loire that they decided to create Van Loggerenberg Wines. The silhouette of the woman symbolizes the elegance of Cabernet Franc and is emphasized again by the Percheron horse. This breed is always perceived as this rough brute of a horse but Lukas finds elegance in its sturdiness, which is quite similar to Cabernet Franc. The bluegum tree represents the original block of the Carinus’ ‘Bluegum Grove Vineyard’, which was the first vineyard Lukas sourced and continues as a core of the wine today. To grow the production, Lukas poked around for additional Cabernet Franc in the Polkadraai and got the ‘in’ for the Klein Welmoed vineyard on the southern reaches of the Polkadraai. The resulting wine is unequivocally one of the great examples of this historically maligned, but very much in fashion now, varietal Cabernet Franc anywhere in the new world (or world for that matter).

About Van Loggerenberg Wines

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick…you will go far,” and no truer words could have been written of Lukas van Loggerenberg. Lukas arrived in the South African wine scene in a very unassuming manner. He didn’t grow up surrounded by wine and his overseas work post-graduation from Elsenburg College (not the more famous Stellenbosch University) was working two harvests on the East Coast of the United States. He didn’t work in the Finger Lakes or even on Long Island but at a small winery in the Western Connecticut Highlands AVA. Lukas then returned to South Africa and worked at the obscure Druk My Niet Estate in Paarl.

In late 2015 he and his former college roommate Reenen Borman (the winemaker for Boschkloof) decided to take a holiday with their wives to the Loire Valley, where a visit to Domaine de la Chevalerie forever changed his life. It was in a dimly lit wine cellar, with an intensely perfumed glass of old Cabernet Franc in his glass, that he decided to quit his day job and go it alone with his project.

He has gone from a small makeshift cellar to a medium-sized, organized cellar that he shares with his good friend Franco Lourens of Lourens Family Wines. For Lukas, the camaraderie of life is what makes wine all worth it. He is devoted to patches of soil scattered throughout the Western Cape, and he likes to think of himself as a farmer rather than a winemaker. He reveres the land, and as a result, he chooses to make his wines in the most natural manner, eschewing the use of any additions other than sulfur dioxide. His rise to the summit of South African winemaking in a very short time speaks to Lukas’ pursuit of knowledge and his beloved character.