Naudé Werfdans Old Vines Cinsault 2016

By , 13 May 2022

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The Werfdans Old Vines Cinsault 2016 is astonishingly good – this variety often makes quite modest wines but winemaker Ian Naudé has managed an unusual amount of complexity in this rendition.

Grapes from a 1978 vineyard near Darling, winemaking involved a combination of whole bunch, destemmed grapes and stalks being put into a stainless-steel tank to ferment spontaneously be transfer to older oak for approximately 12 months of maturation.

The nose shows top notes of musk and rose before cranberry, strawberry, cured meat and spice while the palate has great fruit concentration, snappy acidity and tannins that while fine, still impart some grip. It’s a wine of weight, roundness and texture without being at all dull or listless. Price: R345 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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  • ashley westaway13 May 2022

    As a matter of interest Christian, have you ever rated a Cinsault higher? Do you regard this as the best that you’ve ever tasted?

    • Christian Eedes16 May 2022

      Hi Ashley, 95 is the highest I’ve ever rated Cinsault – Terracura Silwervis 2016 and Van Loggerenberg Geronimo 2020 previously having attained this rating.

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