86% Cinsault, 14% Syrah
Alc.13%Vol | RS1.8g/l | pH3.71 | TA4.7g/l |
Dry farmed bush vines grown exclusively on one property in Darling. Dedicated to the loving memory of our good mate Boetie Van Reenen who tragically lost his life far too young. The Cinsault was planted the year Boetie was born, he spent many years working the vines and soil.
Long may his spirit live on in the wines from this wonderful farm.
The 38-year-old south-east facing Darling origin bush vines once again showed their true pedigree. Labelled as Cinsault, the 2018 includes 86% Cinsault and a slightly elevated 14% of Syrah, which were aged five weeks on their skins with the use of 50% of whole-bunches.
The wine was aged 10 months in oval foudre (1500-2000 litre capacity). Always sublimely perfumed and fragrant, the nose boasts lifted layers of dried lavender, violets, rose petals, red crystallised cherries and hints of Turkish delight. But it is on the palate that the wine reveals a classy weightless streamlined concentration, fabulously sleek polished mineral tannins and an all-round sense of finesse and harmony.
Drink from release but do cellar a few bottles for 5 to 8+ years.
(95/100 Greg Sherwood MW) (94/100 Tim Atkin MW)