Appropriately bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle. In the glass, the Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2015 is an Indian ink red at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical Cabernet Franc – squashed blackcurrants, graphite, ripe bloodplums and roadside brambles. All these appear on the palate as well, in generosity and abundance. The oak and its concomitant spices, vanilla and fresh baked brioche is in support of the fruit and the mildly grippy tannins. Generous full palate with all the components beautifully interwoven in the long and gently waning aftertastes. Michael Olivier.