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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2015

March 14, 2016
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 6 Comments
Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2015

Period style.

What’s a fair price to pay for a Cinsault off vineyards between 40 and 50 years old bearing four tons a hectare? Buy the Waterkloof Seriously Cool 2015 from the cellar in Somerset West and it will cost you R120 a bottle whereas it starts at about ₤12.50 a bottle (the equivalent of R275) in the UK which poses some questions as to who’s getting what out of the SA winelands.

In any event, it’s a top drop. Spontaneous whole-bunch fermentation and maturation lasting nine months in used 600-litre French oak barrels, the nose is wonderfully expressive with notes of cherry, raspberry and cranberry plus olive, earth and scrub. There’s plenty of concentrated fruit on the palate despite an alcohol by volume of just 12.5% while the acidity is moderate and the tannins powdery. Our bottle was empty all too quickly.

#WinemagRating: 91/100.

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6 Comments

  1. DonaldMarch 14, 2016 at 7:46 pmReply

    Or save some money and buy Natte Valleij’s Cinsault at R95 per bottle…

  2. JohanMarch 14, 2016 at 4:57 pmReply

    Such a tasting would certainly interest me.

    • ChristianMarch 14, 2016 at 5:15 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Smirrie and Johan, We’ve been kicking the idea around for a while. Time to make it happen…

      • KwispedoorMarch 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        I’m with Smirrie. Put on some steel toe cap boots and kick harder, Christian! :-)

      • KwispedoorMarch 14, 2016 at 8:40 pm

        It must be blind, though.

  3. SmirrieMarch 14, 2016 at 12:02 pmReply

    Christian perhaps it is time that you do a Cinsaut tasting with a line up of say 12 wines or more. I would like to read the reviews after such a blind tasting.

    Wines like Pofadder (Eben Sadie) , Ramnasgras (Adi) , Saffraan (Mount Abora), BlackSmith, Leeuwenkuil, Naude Old Vines, Mullineux, Bosman , Flotsam & Jetsam (Alheit) for example.

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