Ormonde Private Cellar is situated on the West Coast of South Africa, where the rugged Darling hills roll and fall along the contours of an ancient granite intrusion. These molten rocks, forced from the earth to 300m above sea level, guard the Atlantic Ocean while banks of fog roll to the foothills, blessing the vineyard with coolness and moisture. These deep soils provide the ideal cradle for grapevines. Each year select parcels of grapes are earmarked for special attention in the cellar. When the resulting wine is regarded as outstanding, it forms the strictly limited quantity of wine bearing the Ormonde label.
The Cabernet Franc wine from this estate has an intense bouquet of herbs, pepper and red berries, reflecting the terroir of the Darling appellation. Well integrated ripe tannins allow for a well constructed palate. Serve with a dish such as the French Coq au Vin – chicken portions slowly simmered in good red wine with baby onions, mushrooms, bacon and origanum. Serve it with crusty bread to mop up the sauce, whilst filling your glass! It will mature well until 2020.