Things are hotting up in the re-emerging category that Is Cinsaut/Cinsault with the launch of Die Plêk 2015 from Jasper Raats of Longridge in Stellenbosch. Selling for R360 a bottle, grapes are sourced from a 1974 Helderberg vineyard, juice fermented spontaneously and the wine matured for 12 months in old 300-litre barrels.
There’s a slight reductive note on the nose before red cherry, strawberry and a little spice. The palate is rich and broad with moderate acidity and quite soft tannins. Alcohol is 14.5% and Raats says he picked quite late to avoid any green character but the wine could do with a little more freshness for me. Only 900 litres made.
Part of Raats’s motivation for making the wine is to draw attention to the assest that South Africa has in older vines and in this regard the Pinotage 2014 should not be overlooked either. Also from vineyards some 40 years of age, and made in much the same way as the Cinsault, it shows floral perfume, cherries and spice on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. A great example of new-wave Pinotage and a bargain at R130 a bottle.
See a photo album of the launch here.
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