McFarlane Tuesday’s Child Cinsault 2022
WineSpark Price €26.44
When people ask for lower alcohol reds, I immediately think 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 12% alcohol - the holy grail!
|86% Cinsault, 14% Pinotage
|Region of origin
|Stellenbosch, Breedekloof, Darling, Durbanville
|Months in Oak
|Type of Oak
|Old french oak, 500l barrels
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)
|Average age of vines
|Average altitude of vines (m)
|Loam and decomposed granite, some koffie-klip
|Is this wine organic?
|Suitable for vegans?
|Ideal drinking window
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