Inspired by the harvest apprentices of 2015 guided under the cheerful smile of young gun Herman du Preez, this wine is made from grapes harvested from a dryland vineyard planted in 1971 in the Bottelary Hills. The White Cinsault won Herman Du Preez the title of Diners Club Young Winemaker Of the Year in 2019 & 2021
A Selection of Cinsault Blanc are hand picked and pressed whole in a traditional basket press. A close eye is kept on the juice and grapes are gently pressed yielding only the purest of juice. The juice is fermented in older 225 litre French oak barrels with wild yeast and kept on the lees in the barrel for 9 months. It is bottled unfined and only with a soft filtration.
It has been named white Rhone in many blind line ups with a nose oozing of apricot, almond and some lanoline. The palate is rich yet elegant and filled with white peach and glossy pear drop flavours.
Food pairing: This white Cinsault will accompany an array of vegetarian dishes but also Norwegian salmon drenched in a brown butter sauce or lovely crispy oven grilled petit poissons in a lemon butter reduction.
2022 - Tim Atkin WM 93 Points - Platters Wine Guide 4.5 Stars
2021 - Tim Atkin WM 93 Points - Platters Wine Guide 4.5 Stars
2020 - Diners Club Young Winemaker of the year - Tim Atkin WM 93 Points
2019 - Tim Atkin WM 93 Points
2018 - Diners Club Young Winemaker of the year