Call of the Void

Cabernet Franc,
Franschhoek,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 94
  • Jancis Robinson: 17


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Lokaia was born from the overwhelming sense that there was more to explore in the Franschhoek Valley. While it’s no secret that Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc are at the forefront of the region’s wine identity, their bottled form still has room for growth and refinement. The ultimate goal was to extract as much personality and definition from the grapes as possible, while still maintaining each variety’s purity and brightness.

Resulting from this, are three wines with a strong focus on amphorae – Terracotta pots that allow the wines to breathe and evolve slowly, without the inclusion of oak. Each wine has a varying degree of skin contact, which creates texture and body without the typical orange discoloration that is often associated with skin contact wines.

In The Cellar
In an effort to capture the purity and bright red fruit of Cabernet Franc, these grapes were harvested at a potential alcohol of just 10%. Each grape was meticulously sorted before being fermented and matured on the skins in a small amphora for four months. A true and pure expression of Cabernet Franc, spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts and void of any influence from oak. A natural, unfined, unfiltered wine that may produce small amounts of tartrates in the bottle over time.

In The Vineyard
Identifying the site for growing a grape variety is arguably the most important factor when it comes to producing premium wines. Having worked with grapes from every corner of the valley, the founders chose the ideal pockets for the three varieties that have become the backbone of Lokaia; Sandstone and clay pave the mountains leading up to Dutoitskop Peak, where our Cabernet Franc, 'Call of the Void' is grown. From a vineyard planted nearly three decades ago, the intensely-coloured small berries are the starting point for one of the world's only unwooded examples of Cabernet Franc.
"Always electrically intense and bright, this is another benchmark expression of exceptional Cabernet Franc, with its pristine aromatics of purple flowers, violets, rock candy and sweet lily. In the modern wine world, this is undoubtedly a taut, tight, nervy expression of Cabernet Franc with the palate breadth and depth impressively expansive and profound, showing complex smoky cranberry and red cherry nuances. An incredibly mineral, ethereal expression that is pure and simply class, structurally strutting its shoulders and plumping out its chest while acknowledging the finer, fresher aspects of the cultivar. This is undoubtedly the finest expression of Lokaia Cabernet Franc to date and from the first taste you know you are in for a profound taste adventure. What a fabulous new release! Drink now and over the next 8 to 10 years." (Wine Safari Score: 94/100 Greg Sherwood MW)