Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards,

The Mira Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc,
Stellenbosch,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 95


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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There are few varietals that capture our cool climate terroir as succinctly as Cabernet Franc, a cultivar that thrives in precise pockets of the Helderberg’s cooler terroir.

Uva Mira’s Cabernet Franc vineyards are planted on Tukulu soils, on the west-facing slopes of the Estate, at altitudes as high as 470 metres above sea level. These cooler slopes create the ideal terroir for Cabernet Franc, which benefits from longer ripening periods before harvest.

A golden thread runs through all Uva Mira’s handcrafted wines which speaks of elegance and this remains true with The Mira Cabernet Franc.

In The Cellar
A delayed, but good, winter rainfall allowed for adequate replenishing of reserves. A cool and wet spring allowed soil profiles to become well saturated. Winter was not as cold as the previous year but there was sufficient building up of reserves. A cool budding period was experienced with delayed bud break. Veraison occurred later and ripening was prolonged due to low day temperatures which allowed for exceptional colour and flavour in the berries. A vintage showing high quality wines with good ageing potential. 17 months in French oak barrels, 35 % new.

In The Vineyard
Helderberg, Stellenbosch. West & North-West facing slopes. Decomposed granite – Tukulu. 420 m above sea level. 9 km from False Bay .
"It is impossible not to be positively influenced by the 2021 vintage on this new release bottle of Cabernet Franc! Fortunately, the Mira 2021 delivers in spades, boasting rich, intricate aromatics of floral perfume, berry fruit, and oak spice. The bouquet leads with a medley of pressed violets, cherry blossom, and sweet cedar spice before ripe, bright notes of wild strawberry, red currant, and red plum surge to the fore. The oak is delicate, caressing, and finely integrated, expressing itself with a delicate spicy sapidity and a gentle vanilla pod kiss. On the palate, the wine is impressively silky, smooth, and harmonious, with bright, racy acids underpinning weightlessly textured layers of red currant, blackberry, and boysenberry fruits. A wonderfully precise, articulate wine that continues Uva Mira's sterling reputation for producing premium, eye-catching Cabernet Franc wines in the Helderberg. Drink on release and over the next 10 to 12+ years." - Greg Sherwood MW, 95+ Points.
Cultivar Description:100% Cabernet Franc