In February 2014, Pieter (Philglas & Swiggot, wine buyer) and Kosie van der Merwe met in a cellar in Elgin, South Africa. There was an instant connection between these two wine fanatics, sharing similar philosophies about wine and tastes in the wine they like to drink, needless to say, a close friendship followed. After ongoing discussions, deliberations and heated debates, these two friends decided, on a wine trip abroad, that discussions and deliberating about wine was not enough and they produced and bottled a wine together. A wine that should be absolutely smashable and perfect for a 'braai' (South Africa name for BBQ). A couple of bottles of this 'braai wine' made its way back to London in Pieter's suitcase, where he tasted it with some colleagues and after great feedback, the friends realised the 'braai wine' should be shared with as many people as possible and that is where the Nomad Wine project was born.
The Nomad Wines project is a soil and site driven project, focussing on different sustainably farmed sites around the Overberg, in the Western Cape. When asked about how they chose these sites and farmers, the friends responded, 'we like to work with people we know, people that share the same philosophies of sustainability and most importantly they have to be lekker people (Afrikaans term for nice and friendly people)'.
Franc is made from 100% Cabernet Franc, naturally fermented and 40% whole bunch. The wine was made in a fresh and agile style, a red wine that should be enjoyed a little chilled, as we think a lot of red wines are drunk far too warm, and by chilling the wine you bring out the most delicate almost chalk-like tannin structure. The Elgin Valley with its unique cooler growing conditions allowed for a dark, intense almost crunchy fruit profile, while the slate-like ferricrete soils on the Belfield farm, assisting with lower vine vigour while producing a wine of great concentration and the most amazing intense colour.
Maiden vintage - 850 bottles produced.