Circumstance Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch - Boutinot

Circumstance Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch 2017



Distinctive Cabernet Franc with earthy notes, red fruit nuances and green spices that are prominent on the nose.

Meet the producer

Founded by Paul Boutinot in 2004, Waterkloof is a family-owned farm using organic practices. The farm is perched high...



Living soils and a natural approach to winemaking means that each of the single-varietal wines in the Circumstance range is truly defined by the circumstances influencing the chosen varietal and vineyard blocks, including: soil, aspect, altitude and vintage. The Cabernet Franc is from two adjoining, windswept, south-facing (less sun exposure) blocks 240-60m above and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. These factors combine to produce low yields, balanced grapes and wines with a true sense of place. Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the cellar by horses for hand-sorting. De-stemming and sorting takes place and fermentation happens spontaneously with wild yeast in large, open-top wooden fermenters. Manual punch-downs or foot-pressing pigeage take place 1-2 times per day and the wine is left on skins for 35 days before going through malolactic fermentation in mainly old barriques then ageing for 23 months in the same vessels. No fining, just a light filtration. No additons other than sulphur. Vegan friendly, biodynamic wine. 65 barrels made.

Tasting notes

On the nose this is a classic Cabernet Franc with hints of pencil shaving, green pepper and lovely red fruits. The mouth feel is long, elegant with a memorable finish and structured tannins. Cabernet Franc’s liveliness makes it an excellent food wine.

Food match

A slow roasted lamb shank rubbed in rosemary would complement this wine exceptionally well.