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Winery of the Week: Fram Wines

Thinus Krüger’s fledgling independent wine venture invokes Norwegian wooden ship Fram, used by legendary 19th-century explorers. The former Fleur du Cap and Boschendal young gun says he’s sailing uncharted territory in search of untapped vineyard potential in ‘here be dragons’ areas of the local wine map, to contribute to SA’s quality-wine profile. Bottlings from the Swartland, Citrusdal Mountain and Robertson have already been shipped to, aptly, Norway as well as the UK.

Fram Wines Chardonnay 2013

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Category: Chardonnay unwooded  

2013 unoaked, elegant & dry, with citrus & tropical fruit flavours, appealing drinkability but short finish. Wine tasted by Christine Rudman More »

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Fram Wines Chenin Blanc 2013

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Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry  

Intense, evocative bouquet, kumquats & almonds, thatch, with wildness from natural ferment (in older oak). 2013's palate also fascinating: marzipan, dried peach, then a nice pithy end, just a hint of positive bitterness. Individual, layered & flavoursome. Wine tasted by Christine Rudman More »

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Fram Wines Pinotage 2012

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Category: Pinotage  

Dark & brooding 2012, meaty & savoury, with some plum undertones. Quite tannic, needs time to soften, meld; could show better over time & then reward handsomely. Wine tasted by Christine Rudman More »

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Fram Wines Shiraz 2013

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Category: Shiraz/syrah  

Prunes & liquorice, there's full ripeness here, tamed by the savoury oak backbone, dusty dry finish. 2013 perfect charcuterie match. Wine tasted by Christine Rudman More »

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