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Chamonix, Troika, Franschhoek, 2017

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Tim Aktin

Chamonix, Troika, Franschhoek, 2017

51% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% each of Merlot and Petit Verdot: 18 months in barrel, 45% new. Deep tone. Vanilla oak notes over berried fruit. Well-structured but not in the least overdone; blackcurrant core leavened with menthol... Read More

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Chamonix, Troika, Franschhoek, 2017

ColourRed

RegionFranschhoek

GrowerChamonix

Grape VarietyCabernet Blend

Vintage2017

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX217

Style

Full Bodied

Light > Full

Chamonix

Franschhoek, South Africa

Chamonix owns vineyards above the town running from 380 to 600 metres in altitude, planted from 1998.

Under the winemaking since 2001 of the youthful-looking Gottfried Mocke the wines got better and better, and in his latter vintages he steered the style of the wines here away from concentration and power and more towards elegance, finesse and...

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Tim Aktin

Tim Aktin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 35 years’ experience.

He writes for a number of publications, including Harpers, Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine and The Drinks Business and am one of the Three Wine Men.

Tim's a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind...

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Chamonix, Troika, Franschhoek, 2017

51% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% each of Merlot and Petit Verdot: 18 months in barrel, 45% new. Deep tone. Vanilla oak notes over berried fruit. Well-structured but not in the least overdone; blackcurrant core leavened with menthol and dark chocolate hints. Some crunch. Excellent now but keeping potential too. Now-2024

Serious and structured, it’s very much a cool climate style with graphite, fynbos and red berry fruit and firmish, savoury tannins. Up a point since I tasted it last year, this is an appealingly complex cuvée. 94/100. 2021-27 Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2020

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