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“One for the fans of more elegant, focused styles of Loire Cabernet Franc. This is a graceful and floral expression of the grape. Leafy and understated, with rose petal and lead pencil aromas, racy acidity, fine tannins, red cherry and bramble fruit. 2022-2026”
Tim Atkin


“Has a touch of exotic in its spicy, leafy & hint-of-mint scents. These & fine-grained, lively tannins freshen, moderate ripe fruit. Youthful exuberance in this individual deserves time to settle.”
Angela Lloyd – Platter Guide

Hogan ‘Mirror for the Sun’ Cabernet Franc 2020 Case


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Pure and refined with notes of red fruit, graphite, tea leaf and fresh herbs. Wonderful freshness and verve, spicy intensity and fine tannins.

6 x 750ml Hogan ‘Mirror for the Sun’ Cabernet Franc 2020

100% Cabernet Franc


The Cabernet Franc grapes are sourced from 11-year-old, trellised vines from the lower Helderberg on granitic soils. The vineyard is 2km from the coast. The maritime effect is most favourable, especially in the hot February-March months in Stellenbosch. Leaf removal in the bunch zone (during November/December) is an important practice in this vineyard to let enough sun in to prevent vegetal flavours.
The grapes were picked on 12 February 2020. They were sorted and crushed (no whole bunch). Spontaneous fermentation took place in open top fermenters with very soft handling during fermentation, only two punch downs per day.
The wine was matured in 225L older French oak barrels, and was only racked once, in June after malolactic fermentation. The wine was sent thorough a rough filter before bottling in January 2021.

pH: 3.41
TA: 5.6 g/l
RS: 2.3 g/l
Alc: 14.5%


  • Tim Atkin South Africa 2021 Special report: September 2021: 93/100
  • Platter Guide 2022 rating: 4.5 stars (93/100)
  • Winemag rating January 2022 90/100
  • Tim Atkin South Africa 2020 Special report: September 2020 Rating: 93/100
  • Winemag.co.za Christian Eedes October 2021 Rating: 90/100
  • 2021 Platter’s Guide: 93 points (4.5 stars)
  • SA Cabernet Franc Challenge April 2021: Gold

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