Mount Abora Saffraan Cinsaut 2017
By Christian Eedes, 25 February 2020
If you want your red wine to provide depth and power, then Cinsault is probably not the variety for you. However, if you’re looking for a lighter-style red that offers great drinkability in a warm climate, you’re going to have plenty of joy, the Saffraan Cinsaut 2017 from Mount Abora (note the old-school spelling of the variety) a case in point.
Grapes from a 39-year-old Swartland vineyard, winemaking involved whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting six months in tank. The nose is an extremely attractive mélange of red fruit and fresh herbs, white pepper and a vague earthiness. The palate meanwhile is light (alcohol is 11.15%) but there’s nevertheless a great core of fruit to go with a cracking line of acidity and crunchy tannins. Plenty of flavour to go with a jolting sense of energy. Price: R120 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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