This was Franco’s second wine he produced and in 2016 took the profit of the sales of the wine to buy an engagement ring for his now wife, Lindi Carien. Her adoring face features on the label as a reminder for Franco of the love dedication they have for one another. 2020 was a challenging year to say the least for the world and in particular South Africa. Franco was able to ride it out in his new digs in Paarl sharing a new, and much larger space, with Lukas Van Loggerenberg. The new space afforded Franco the ability to put some new toys into play, like amphora. Again, he has assembled one of the Cape’s finest white blends. The sites and grapes have changed since the maiden vintage in 2016 and the 2020 iteration is again granitic Paardeberg Chenin Blanc based alongside some granitic Chenin from Stellenbosch, with a dose of the oldest Verdelho vineyard in the country along with a new site in the Voor-Paardeberg of bush vine Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris.
The grapes were handpicked and sorted prior to the Chenin Blanc and Verdelho being whole-bunch pressed to old French barrels. The Grenache Gris was whole-bunch pressed to a single clay pot while the Grenache Blanc fermented whole-cluster on skins and stems for a week prior to being pressed to barrel. Each variety fermented on the gross lees separately and after without any additions and after ten months the barrels/amphora were blended to tank where it settled naturally. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering and with a small addition of sulfur.