2021 Gertie Cabernet Franc

Clare Valley, SA

Tiny batch Cab Franc from the Clare Valley. Get in quick, it's always a limited release!


Rated 5.0 stars
2 Reviews
Pitch-perfect ripeness... Lovely. I reckon it’s the best Gertie yet.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Small production Cabernet Franc, from very special blocks in the Clare Valley.

Redcurrant and blackcurrant, exotic spices, rosemary and rosy perfume. Medium bodied, delicious crunch of sappy fruit and spice, almost a milky feel, fine silty tannin, and this kind of rosehip tea perfume trailing on a lets-go-again finish.

A little bit of whole-bunch, a few weeks on skins post-ferment to build some structure and depth. Unfined unfiltered, and oh so limited.


About Gertie

Ben Marx started Gertie as a way to create the type of wine he loves to drink.

He never approaches his winemaking with a particular style in mind, but rather uses his own intuition (and 19 years of knowledge and experience) to craft wines with supreme drinkability and all-around deliciousness.

Ben crafts in small batches with a lo-fi ethos, and the results are stellar.

The Gertie vineyard
The Gertie vineyard
Clare Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Gertie is a means to make wine I love to drink! Stylistically there are no limits... no-one's restrictions, just my own.

Tasty Cabernet Franc from very special blocks in the Clare Valley. The down side to this is that there is very little Franc left in the Valley. This year I gave the ferment 3.5% whole bunch to add another layer of complexity to both the nose and palate. Down a touch from last year due to the fruit having slightly faster ripening period.

Although I don't hang my hat on the fact this wine has no adds except minimal sulphur just prior to bottling, I think it's worth a mention. Gertie is not filtered and may not be as crystal clear as some may be expecting!

Blend : Cabernet Franc (100%)
ABV : 13.8%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker, Ben Marx, and family
Winemaker, Ben Marx, and family
Clare Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Dark red fruit, spice, floral (rosehip and rose oil mainly) and sweet herb perfume, quite pencilly too, which is nice. It’s medium-bodied, lush red and black fruit, lovely mouth-perfume wafting about and biscuitty spices, fine stony tannin, and a long succulent spiced finish. Pitch-perfect ripeness for a Cabernet Franc. Lovely. I reckon it’s the best Gertie yet." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews
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    Jason C.
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    I recommend this product
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    Rated 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Loire styling Cab Franc from the Clare

    Bright, crunchy, yum.

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  • JA
    John A.
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    Rated 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Hidden Gem

    Medium bodied, red and purple fruits, fresh herbs, a slight savouriness and some florals as well.

    Super fresh and vibrant yet has some real depth.

    Not many Cab Francs can straddle that line between fun and serious but Gertie have managed it.

    Excited to see what Ben does next.

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