Fram Cinsault 2017

By , 2 March 2020

More than a feeling.

How age-worthy is new-wave Cinsault? Re-visiting the 2017 from Thinus Krüger under his Fram label, I liked it quite a bit more now than a year ago. From Citrusdal Mountain grapes, winemaking involved 15% whole-bunch fermentation and no use of oak.

Whereas it seemed excessively primary and a little simple 12 months ago scoring 88 on the 100-point quality scale, it’s gained with time in bottle, the nose at present showing additional herbs and spice to go with red berries, the palate less overtly fruity, a bright acidity and some tannic grip starting to come to the fore. Approximate retail price: R150 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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