2009 La Petite Ferme Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek

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Le Petite Ferme is a near self-sustained, working farm and winery situated on the west-facing side of the Middagkrans Mountains, above the Franschoek Valley floor, where it enjoys a cooler climate and variety of soil types dominated by gravel and dry soils with virtually no undergroung moisture - talk about high-draining! Their Cabernet is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, rich in color with excellent concentration. The nose shows classic dark Cabernet aromas and flavors of ripe cassis and blackcurrant, with dark chocolate and that minty, herbal "buchu" character typical of Franschoek wines. The wine was aged for ten months in small French barriques promoting a savory complexity and richness on the palate. Food pairing recommendations include: beef fillet, venison, lamb or mellanzane parmigiano.

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2012 | Send Email
Lovely aromatics abound in this seductive 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa. Smoky blueberry notes mingle with dark cherry, herbs, cassis, violets and vanilla creme soda. On the palate there are ripe supple tannins that lead to a fine finish with a hint of mint. Decant this for an hour to let all the components come together and enjoy.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.