Wine Focus

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Beyond the periphery of South Africa’s conventional vineyard regions lie great vinous treasures, resigned to anonymity; forgotten, abandoned or just simply undiscovered. It is the mission of Rick (Richard Kelley, Master of Wine) the intrepid Cape Crusader, to seek out and liberate these rare wines, consigning them to the table for the most inquisitive and discerning imbiber. Each episode represents a single discovery; a precious parcel that is both unique and finite.


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Episode 5 – Old Breton

Franschhoek: 100% Cabernet Franc

Old Breton takes its inspiration from the historic association between the 180 French Huguenot settlers who, escaping religious persecution, left their homeland on New Years’ Eve in 1687 for a new life in the Cape. Many of these families, including the Bruere’s (today Bruwer) and the Foucher’s (Fouché) were Ligerians – natives of the Loire – whilst the family Auret, originated from Nantes, the then capital of Breton.

Breton also happens to be the colloquial name (in several well-known appellations of the Loire) for Cabernet Franc, although the origin of the synonym proves to be as obscure as the history surrounding the arrival of the grape in region.