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Strydom Family Wines The Game Changer Cabernet Franc – Merlot 2017

80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot

The grapes are grown on the Helderberg mountain on north-facing slopes. Both varieties ripened during February and were harvested during the morning. In the cellar they were rigorously sorted before whole berry fermentation in open fermenters. During the first half of fermentation we pumped over and punched down three times a day and afterwards, only twice a day. After pressing, malolactic fermentation in barrels. Blending was done after 12 months with a further six months maturation before bottling.

Tasting Notes: Perfume, glazed red cherries and fresh raspberries with hints of graphite on the nose. The palate has a soft entry, elegant spicy mid-palate, red fruit power and finishes with a chalky edge.

20 Cases of this wine were sold on the 2020 auction.

Ready for drinking in 2025.

Winemaker: Rianie Strydom

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R11 000
  • Lowest: R6 250
  • Average: R7 050


  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 86
  • Cases Auctioned: 40


  • Alc: 14 vol%
  • RS: 2.2 g/l
  • TA: 6.1 g/l
  • pH: 3.58

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