Cinsaut is becoming all the rage and it’s not difficult to see why when you encounter Francois Haasbroek’s Blackwater Hinterland Cinsaut 2014 (Wine Cellar price: R220 a bottle).
From a Darling block which also supplies Chris Alheit, Ian Naudé Donovan Rall and Duncan Savage, 60% of the fermentation was whole bunch and maturation lasted 18 months in old barrels. On the nose, notes of lavender, fynbos, spice and white pepper before a little red fruit (raspberries, cherries) plus olive. Pure and true, lovely freshness, fine tannins. Light but entirely convincing. Plenty of flavour intensity and great length.
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