Classic Cinsault nose with red fruit, mostly wild sour cherry rather than anything sweet like strawberry … On the palate it proves to be totally mouth-watering, super-fresh but balanced by depth of fruit … Not a tannic wine by any means but it is well-structured as well as very refreshing. 17.5/20 My Wine of the Week 21.06.2019 Julia Harding MW of jancisrobinson.com
Ben’s Notes – This should be the wine of the summer! Serve it lightly chilled. Will go great with fresh Tuna salads and a braai (barbecue for us Brits!) on a sunny evening. You could not want for more than this to make everyone at your party happy!
Harvested form a dryland farmed 25-year-old bush vines in Firgrove, Stellenbosch planted on deep granitic soils.
The close proximity to the cold Atlantic Ocean ensures slow ripening. Sustained winds control the vigour resulting in an overall terroir effect of small bunches, small berries with concentrated berry flavours and full structured but ripe tannins.
The vintage was distinctively different and characterised by substantial drought conditions through the preceding winter and into the growing season. Winter started off late, but weather conditions were cold enough to break dormancy. Warm, dry conditions in Spring were extremely favourable for a compact bloom period, leading to outstanding evenness of maturity in all vineyard blocks. The hot pre-harvest weather conditions and early picking, made for a uniquely demanding vintage were adaptability was the key word.
The grapes ripened at lower sugar levels and the smaller berries resulted in good colour and intense flavour. The Cinsault was harvested during the 2nd week of February 2016. The severe drought conditions of the 2016 led to the smallest per-hectare crop on record, producing elegant, well-balanced wines for medium to long term ageing.
60 % matured in 2nd – 4th fill 500 litre French Oak barrel for 10 months, 40 % unoaked, matured in stainless steel.
Alc: 13.45 %