Old Vines Cinsault

Coastal Region,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 17.5


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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From a farm just outside of Darling and vines that were planted in 1978, these old vineyards are impeccably maintained and produce an astounding quality of fruit. The key is to get the correct picking date and the wine takes care of itself.

Fragrant and elegant, showing the classic Cape Cinsault characteristics of red berries and Turkish Delight. This wine was made with minimal interference, no additions barring some sulphites, and has the potential to age for 30+ years.

Tamlyn Currin, writing for Jancis Robinson, wrote a fantastic note for this wine and bestowed it with a score of 17.5 out of 20…

“This is Cinsault in all its carpaccio, white pepper, beef tartare glory. Raw, wild, gypsy spirited, dancing in the dust at sunrise. Light as a feather, a will-‘o-the-wisp. Rose petals and rosehips and rain on bricks. No sign of ageing – Peter Pan Cinsault. You could chill this a little. It’s just delicious and utterly captivating.”

Category: SKU: be6c7b094f88
In The Cellar
Picked in small crates and left overnight in cold room to bring temperature down to roughly 10 degrees Celsius. The challenge is to interpret the current vintage conditions in order to balance whole bunch, destemming of grapes and adding stalks (tannins). A combination of whole bunch, destemmed grapes and stalks go into a stainless steel tank and left until natural fermentation starts. One to two soft pump overs per day and left for roughly 2 weeks, pressed and wine transferred into older 225L French oak barrels (minimum oxidation during the process)

In The Vineyard
The 2015 harvest had the earliest start in decades. A warm, dry and windy summer kept vineyard growth under control and accelerated ripening by approximately two weeks. The dry weather resulted in the healthiest seasons in years. This led to good grape analyses with low PH, good acidity and sugar levels which form the foundation of high quality wines.
“Ian Naudé might be something of an old hand in the local wine industry but he’s making some of the most appealing new-wave wines around, as these latest releases again show. From a 35- year-old Darling vineyard. Red cherry and cranberry plus a very attractive herbal character and a hint of earthiness. The palate is extraordinarily light and fresh with very fine tannins. A very pretty rendition of the variety.” CE