After 12 long years of making really good wines, for really nice people, I decided that it is time to make some even better wines for myself. And obviously for you too. And for a whole lot of other deserving people on this planet. So if you are keen on good wines, wines that oozes personality and want to keep ahead of the Joneses, this is the right place to be.
Here at Fram we’ll always sail into uncharted waters, to boldly search for whatever great grapes lie behind the next hill, over the next horizon. Bringing great wines from the Here Be Dragons areas of the wine map. With an extremely shaky captain like myself at the helm, this can only be an exciting journey.
20 wines from now you’ll be more sorry about the good wines you never drank than about the bad ones you did drink. So cast off the bowlines, drink away from the safe options and EXLORE DREAM DISCOVER - with full apologies to Mr Mark Twain.
Thinus Krüger CEO & President Winemaker Grape crusher Sole employee #1 Fan of pluralis majestatis
A pretty neat way to sum up wine in my opinion.
The very special area that these grapes come from is actually closer to Clanwilliam than to Citrusdal, but the part about the mountain is very true. Situated in deep red sandy soils, on a farm that overlooks the crayfish mecca of Lambertsbay on the one side, and the Olifantsriver and Bulshoek dam on the other side. The tight racy acidity is the standout characteristic of Chenin blanc from this area, combine that with ripeness that adds immense complexity and you know that there is a whole lot of loving here.
These grapes are from a farm in the hills north west of Clanwilliam. Red sandy soils and struggling vines, battling for survival. But grapes, like most other living things, tend to be at their strongest when they are fighting for survival.
The hallmark of this wine is the almost subtle density, combined with a very long lingering palate. It’s like you don’t even notice the power at first, but then it stays with you and just won’t go away.
In the Robertson appellation we find some calcareous soils, and calcium is Chardonnay's friend. Calcium helps us in the sense that it gives this wine a brilliantly defined minerality, supported by yellow citrus fruits and an elegant cereal note on the entry of the palate. The fruit and mineral combination is what really excites me about this wine, and that is why this is an unoaked Chardonnay. Included is 8% of Chenin blanc, whole bunch fermented with pumpovers, to add some zippiness (my own word) to the citrus flavours.
There is an old sign as you head into Riebeek Kasteel from Hermon that reads “Welcome to Shiraz country”. It was true many moons ago and is still just as true today. This wine is from a selection of vineyards around the Swartland, combining barrels from the granite sands in the Paardeberg with those from wines that came from the koffieklip soils west of Malmesbury. My vision is to make a wine that will focus on freshness, and show lively fruit, ranging from red cherry to the black savouriness of liquorice.