ANALYSIS: Alc. 13.1% Vol | RS 1.7 g/l | pH 3.74 | TA 5.0 g/l
TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
Cinsault sourced from 40 year old dry farmed bush vines in the ward of Darling, grown on decomposed granite soils. Grapes were spontaneously fermented using 50% whole clusters before being basket pressed into neutral foudre for 10 months of ageing. The 2021 reaches 93% Cinsault with a modest 7% of Syrah blended in to yield a wine that is deep, dark and very serious on the nose, boasting layers of cranberries, dried strawberries, red currants and subtle perfumed hints of rose petals and violets. While the aromatics might be slightly shyer than usual, the palate displays a wonderfully toasty, savoury depth of red and black berry fruits, cherry cordial, wild strawberry and a sappy, spicy finish. There is plenty of depth with supporting structure but also an accessibility with a delicious dark fruited opulence. Drink now or over the next 10 to 12+ years.
Wine Safari: 94/100 – Greg Sherwood MW