Charging R275 a bottle might not be a lot in an international context but it’s still ambitious by local standards, especially if it’s for a single-variety Cinsaut but that’s precisely what Ryan Mostert has done with his Silwervis 2014.
Is it worth the money? The aromatics are very floral with notes of red geranium and rose but there’s also a touch of reduction. The palate meanwhile is medium-bodied with lovely fruit expression, bright acidity and relatively soft tannins. More red fruit than black and a little white pepper before a finish which is saline in the most pleasant way. Hugely appealing but there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s Cinsaut and how exciting can this grape be on its own?