PRODUCER: After 12 years at Boschendal Winery, Thinus Krüger decided to take his experience and direct his passions into another venture. Or, shall we say, adventure. Thinus started Fram as a personal passion project with the intention of creating a wine that radiates almost as much personality as the winemaker himself. He makes a promise to “always sail into unchartered waters, to boldly search for whatever grapes lie behind the next hill, over the next horizon.” With Fram, Thinus throws safety out the door to turn risk into reward, and it is this confident, audacious and intuitive spirit that makes his wines worth it.
WINEMAKING: The wine was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and left on the gross lees for 3 months after the end of fermentation. There is also a Chenin blanc component to this wine. A small volume of Chenin blanc was vinified in the style of a red wine, whole bunch fermentation with aerated pumpovers for two weeks. The final blend contains 10% of whole bunch, skin fermented Chenin blanc
TASTING NOTES: In the Robertson appellation we find some calcareous soils. Calcium helps in the sense that it gives to the wine a brilliantly defined minerality, supported by yellow citrus fruits and an elegant cereal note on the palate. The fruit and mineral combination excite, and this is an unoaked Chardonnay.