McFarlane Tuesday’s Child Cinsault 2021

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Earlier this year, I asked members what new wines they’d like me to bring in.

When lots of people came back wanting lower alcohol reds, I immediately thought of Cinsault.

It's an underrated grape that’s used as a blender in southern French reds.

In Châteauneuf-du-Pape it adds brightness and charm, and helps keep the alcohol down.

When I was down in South Africa a few years back, every top winemaker seemed to be making a Cinsault.

Mainly for drinking around the braai with their friends.

There’s something about its bright colour, intense red fruit, and gentle spiciness which makes it so lip-smackingly delicious, especially with food.

A good one will remind you of a very light and very good Burgundy.

This is a blend of old vine Stellenbosch and Breedekloof fruit, and shows exactly why Cinsault is on the rise.

Breedekloof is a known as a mass-producing area for port-style wines, but you do get the odd gem of a vineyard starting to produce great wines in their own right.

Alex fermented the grapes here whole-bunch for extra texture - and she ended up 'gobsmacked' how aromatic and bright the wine turned out.

She then added a parcel of Stellenbosch fruit for a bit of structure and deep red cherry flavour.

This is one for the fine Burgundy fans. Pinot-like elegance at just 11.5% alcohol - the holy grail!

Wine type Red
Grape(s) 100% Cinsault
Country South Africa
Region of origin Western Cape
Appellation 50% Stellenbosch and 50% Breedekloof
Vintage 2021
Alcohol % 11.50%
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 8 months
Type of Oak Old french oak, 500l barrels
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 45 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 190
Soil type(s) Loam and decomposed granite, some koffie-klip
Closure Type Diam cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 8 years
Ideal drinking window 2022-2027

Alex champions South Africa's two heritage varieties - Chenin Blanc and Cinsault. You could argue no country does these grapes better.

Read more about Alex.

This wine works beautifully with our local "Skilpadjie" which is lambs liver wrapped in "netvet" (caul fat) which is braised (BBQ) over a wood fire served with  peach chutney or alternatively a beef tartar on crisp bruschetta. Another favourite is pork noodle soup with fennel.

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