This fruit forward, easy drinking variety is a perfect starting point for any new red wine drinkers thanks to the lighter skins, lower tannins and soft perfume. 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.
This unirrigated bushvine is planted in deep oak leaf soils on the upper slopes of Paarl Mountain on our Fairview farm. The grapes were handpicked and delivered to the cellar, of which 20% were whole bunch fermented in foudres (open top French oak fermenters). Gentle pump-overs were done 3 times a day, after which the wine was drained and the skins were basket pressed. The wine was matured in 3rd and 4th fill oak barrels for 10 months before bottling.
Fairview is one of the pioneers of Mediterranean varieties in South Africa, and Cinsault has always provided subtlety to our most revered blends – it is a pleasure to work with in the cellar! The variety is perfectly suited to Paarl, and the old vineyards we use have been manicured for over thirty years to produce the most profound expression of this elegant wine.
|Wine of Origin||
Deep bright red colour
Aromas of raspberry, strawberry and black pepper notes on the nose.
The palate brims with red fruit flavours, complemented by freshness and subtle oaking. This medium body wine has the potential to age for 3 – 5 years.
|Food Pairing Ideas||
Works well with braised and roasted meat dishes like, lamb, duck, chicken and pork.
17th Feb 2016