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Pale straw colour in the glass. Subtle, perfumey aromas of lemon blossoms and apricots on the nose. The palate is more generous with lime flavours, a salty core leading to a long taught balancing act between creamy texture and a linear mineral finish. Reminiscent of old world elegance. Best to drink in the next 2 to 3 years.
“Fransdruif” is a synonym for Palomino in South Africa. Originally from Spain, where it is used for 90% of all Sherry production. Locally, it was planted for Brandy production ( same as Chenin Blanc) in the 70’s as it has the same versatility, neutral aromas and lower acidity. Some speculate the “Spaanse Drufen” which is mentioned in Jan Van Riebeeck’s diary was most likely Palomino, so its origins here could be as old as the wine industry itself(1). This exceptional vinyard was planted in 1974 on Berg-en-Dal farm in the Piekenierskloof Valley. This block was “discovered” when Fairview winemaker Anthony de Jager and viticulturist Rosa Kruger visited the neighbouring Grenache Noir block (Oupa se Wingerd), which we have been using for a few vintages. It was with the discovery of the block – and the exitement of its “kannie-Dood” story the Ploegperd was born. This wine, Fransdruif, is however a showcase of the Palomino component on its own – A rare sighting these days.