22 May Catapulting Cinsault onto the Scene!
One of the key philosophical traits Fairview has orientated itself around is to always push the boundaries of traditional winemaking. For decades, our team has done this by planting varieties that are best suited to their surroundings. One of our latest releases is one such variety, which is ideally suited for the hot, windy conditions of Paarl. Now, while it may not be new to local soils, it is definitely enjoying a new wave of appreciation among locals – hello Cinsault!
If Cinsault rings a bell, it may be because it is the proud parent of South Africa’s specialty grape, Pinotage, which was created from a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (called Hermitage in France, making ‘Pinot’ + ‘age’ = Pinotage). For our Cinsault in particular, we’ve used old Paarl vines that have been manicured for over thirty years to produce the most profound expression of this elegant wine.
Also, don’t despair if you’re a white wine drinker! Cinsault is a wonderful starting point for wary red wine drinkers, as it is light in style, low on tannins, softly perfumed and very easy drinking. We can think of nothing better than sitting down with a glass of Cinsault and some escargot in creamy garlic sauce. Perfection!
Fairview Cinsault is available in our Tasting Room and through our online shop, Fairview Online Shop for R115. Click here to buy now.