Old Vine Cinsault 2019

Seasonal Conditions

A very wet winter, with good late winter rains, made for excellent budding and berry development. Winter was very cold, keeping the wines dormant until spring and a slightly cooler than usual summer ensured even ripening and above average yields of excellent quality grapes, resulting in complex, layered wines with fresh colours and elegant flavours.

Tasting Notes

A clear, bright wine with purple hues. The nose shows aromas of black currant, sour cherry coulis, Black Forest cake with a hint of pine needles, black truffle and lavender. The palate is soft and elegant, displaying flavours of black cherry compote, red berries, cloves and a lingering mustardy pepperiness gives a long finish. The tannins are soft with a well integrated fresh acidity.

Viticulture

The Certified Heritage Vineyard that produces our Cinsault grapes was planted in 1979. It is a dryland, bush vine and low yielding vineyard that produces around 1.4 tonnes of exceptional fruit  per hectare. The west facing vineyard has ancient decomposed granite soil, that adds to the minerality in the wine.  

Viniculture

The fruit was picked by hand into small crates at 24˚Balling. A small portion of the wine was whole-bunch fermented, with stalks, in 500l open barrels and the rest of the wine was whole-bunch fermented in stainless steel tanks. A third of the wine was aged in 2nd fill, 500l oak barrels for 14 months.

Strictly limited production of 2230 numbered bottles.

Serving Suggestions

Ideal with beef fillet, game with cranberry sauce, seared tuna and mushroom risotto. Delicious with a raspberry crème brûlée. Serve chilled.

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Awards

Michelangelo Wine Awards 2020 – Gold
John Platter 2020 – 4 1/2 stars
Tim Atkin Report 2020 – 91 Points

Analysis

Vintage: 2019
Cultivar: Cinsault
Apellation: Wellington
Alcohol: 14 % vol
PH: 3,55
Total Acidity: 5 g/l
Sugar: 2,9 g/l
Optimum Drinking: From 2020
Oak: 33% wooded, 2nd fill 500 L barrels 14 months
Ageing: 14 months
Production: 2230 bottles

Terroir

Aspect: Southwest Facing
Trellising: Bush Vines
Climate: Cold winters, very hot summers
Rainfall: 450 – 600 mm/year
Geology: Decomposed Granite
Hectares: 2,16 ha
Yield: 1,4 tons/ha
Planted: 1974
Harvested: March 2019