Style: Dry Light Red Vintage: 2018 ABV: 11%
Appellation: Stellenbosch Varietal: 87% Cinsaut, 13% Pinotage
Region: Helderberg County: South Africa
Celebrating the essence of old vine Cinsaut, a thin skinned variety, on sand soils close to the ocean. Light, elegant and delicate red with complexity and grainy tannins cementing a long follow. Floral perfumed with red cherry, pomegranates and some wild berries. White pepper and potpourri lurk behind the stage. More taste less tannin. Decently kept acidity adds to the vibrancy of the flavours on a bone dry finish. Pinotage complimenting the Cinsaut by adding length on the follow and cements something profoundly tasty.
Gentle hand in the cellar and no pigéage. 70% of the Cinsaut underwent a semi-carbonic fermentation (wholebunches) where the other 30 was destemmed and merely handsoaked during fermentation (like extracting flavour from a tea bag). Manually basket pressed after a long slow natural fermentation and placed into old French oak barrels. Malo in barrel and aged on its lees for 6 months before blending and bottling (unfiltered and unfined). No additives or manipulations to the juice or wine, just pure wine with small amount of sulphites added before bottling. The Pinotage portion, 100% was semi-carbonic wholebunch fermentation that lasted through a long and steady natural fermentation. Basket Pressed into old French Oak barrels where it underwent malo and aged on its lees for 6 months as well.