The Liberator, Old Breton, Episode 5, W.O. Franschhoek, South Africa, 2014
Breton is Loire(ish) for cabernet franc.
This wine: varietal cabernet franc, coated cork closure, 14%, Delilah £18 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of rich ripe red berries, then black fruits, toast and spice, ripe low-key tannins with supporting acidity, mouthfilling ripe red and black fruits along with liquorice follow into the decent length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe red fruit and warm spice, a little kirsch, a slight herbaceous note, red plum juice, red currant jelly, ripe red cherry, cinnamon, toast, black berry, black cherry, a whiff of liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) smooth ripe tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of stewed red cherry, red pepper, red currant jelly, a little spice, oak, black berry, a little black cherry, liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean black fruit and liquorice finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, low-key tannins supported by the decent acidity balance with alcohol and intensity of flavour. Showing a broad complexity from oak and bottle age, with some tertiary development with a note of stewed fruit, moderate flavour concentration following into the decent length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuitable for ageing. Shows complexity, but lacks the concentration and indicative length to suggest improvement with ageing.