Delicious slightly chilled, this Cinsault's bright, earthy notes and acidity marries beautifully with Asian duck dishes, pork belly, stir-fried beef and indeed carpaccio of tuna, beef or game.
Boutinot has championed this grape variety on it's own for many years before it's current fashionable status, nobody is more delighted than us that Cinsault is such a bright star in South Africa. Crushed for flavor not color, this 40 year old unirrigated bush vine wine sucks only from the rocks underground. Bright, expressive, gently savory on the nose and the color of a freshly slapped arse. Along with it's blushing hue, the palate rewards with fresh pomegranate flavors and acidity, savory gamey notes and a bright, beating heart of cherry ripe fruit. Slightly chilled with pink duck, pink lamb or carpaccio of beef, this is a beautifully defined expression of South Africa's most achingly fashionable varietal.
No Irrigation is used on the vineyards and very little crop control is needed due to the age of the vines naturally restricting yield. Cinsault has bewilderingly been overlooked for so long in the Cape but is a grape variety we have proudly been championing for years – so it is great that this voice of the Cape's cool Atlantic vineyards are finally finding flavor with wine drinkers. The vines are mostly 65 year old bush vines from hidden corners of the Cape. The climate is perfect for the viticulture with the low rainfall in summer months, tempered by cool afternoon breezes and the cold winters allowing the vines to rest and to build up reserves. All grapes are picked by hand at optimal phenolic ripeness, followed by a fermentation using delestage in which the juice is oxygenated which brings a lower concentration of tannins and a higher concentration of esters, key compounds that contribute fruitiness. The result is a wine, in which red fruit dominates and is full of juiciness.