Stellenrust Old Bush Vine Cinsaut 2011

The start of something big.

The start of something big.

Scrutinise this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show results and you’ll notice a Cinsaut 2011 from Stellenrust in Stellenbosch won a silver medal in the “best niche red varieties” class.

Though Cinsaut plantings have declined dramatically over the last 10 years, there was still more of it planted than Pinot Noir at the end of 2012 (1 936ha vs. 1089ha respectively) and with the hotshot Swartland winemakers and now Stellenrust’s Tertius Boshoff championing it, it hopefully won’t remain niche for long.

The 2011 from Stellenrust (R80 a bottle) shows strawberry, spice and some earthiness. In structure, it’s medium bodied with relatively soft acidity and tannins. Not hugely complex or intricate but really easy to drink.

Score: 86/100.

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  1. KwispedoorJune 7, 2013 at 10:57 amReply

    Back in the day, nobody got excited about Cinsaut. It was almost always uncomplicated, light and insubstantial. Now that overripe, concocted wines are commonplace and serious and thoughtful winemakers have some really old Cinsaut vines at their disposal, things are getting interesting. I just took delivery of some 2012 Mount Abora Saffraan Cinsaut this morning. At 12% ABV I’m sure it’s going to go down the gullet like wine should (without struggle or burning), but I’m going to do my best to avoid such infanicide for now. Has anyone tasted it?

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