Franschhoek has a colourful prodigy of over 320 years when by chance of history and circumstance, 44 French Huguenots fled religious persecution and were granted land in this lush and verdant valley. By nature of their knowledge and flair for wine grape cultivation and production, they laid the foundations that successfully established Franschhoek as one of the truly great wine and food destinations in South Africa. Franschhoek Vineyards Ltd was founded in 1945 by a group of local farmers to vinify their grapes on a co-operative basis. They have long since shed this old co-op image and they are now operating as a private winery within the premium wine stable of DGB (Pty) Ltd.
The product of a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, Pinotage is South Africa's unique grape. A softly styled wine with intense blackberry fruit and mocha coffee notes.
A lovely accompaniment to beef brisket with sweet potatoes.Try this wine also with grilled, smokey meat dishes and venison. It is particularly good with spicy dishes like Indian curries.
Robert Psoker, Wine Advocate, 2019: 95/1000 points.