Cinsault, once South Africa’s most widely planted red grape and now increasingly scarce and sought after, is an ideal rosé grape. Light and fresh, with low tannin, particularly when planted on well drained less clay-rich soils, it can produce particularly fine rosé of great beauty and drinkability. This is a highly versatile wine reflecting both South African tradition and the joy of rosé.
Although the 2018 winter was wetter than the previous year, the months leading up to harvest in February 2019 were dryer. Luckily the temperature was more moderate during this period and the full effect of the drought was less than it could have been if temperatures were high. The high density plantings of this bush vine Cinsault in Malmesbury Shale-derived soils (with 10% decomposed granite) produced excellent fruit concentration in 2019.