Fuselage Staggerwing Old Vines Cinsault 2020

By , 18 January 2022

Danie Morkel is part of the family that owns Diemerskraal airfield between Wellington and Malmesbury and hence his wine label being called Fuselage.

Morkel, who is also involved in the Roodekrantz project, is a keen proponent of the potential for old vines to produce wines of particular character and his Staggerwing Old Vines Cinsault 2020 is made from grapes sourced from a vineyard planted on Agter-Paarl farm Otterkuil in 1954.

The result is indeed compelling. The nose shows red cherry and plum plus hints of fynbos, spice and earth while the palate is complex and well balanced – good depth of fruit, moderate acidity and fine tannins (alcohol: 13.5%). Cinsault can flatter to deceive but you feel the old vineyards are adding an extra dimension in this case. Price: R350 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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