The Seriously Cool Cinsaut from Waterkloof in Somerset West (R95 a bottle) is another wine which lends momentum to the revival of this variety we seem to be witnessing. From Helderberg bushvines planted in 1964 and 1974, the wine underwent spontaneous whole-bunch ferment and it was matured for nine months in 600-litre oak barrels. “Drink me cool, but take me seriously” reads the back label.
I got to review it for the 2014 edition of Platter’s and my tasting note was as follows: “Gorgeous 2012 with red berries, fynbos and spice. Great fruit purity, soft but sufficient acidity and fine tannins. 30% new oak effortlessly absorbed. Medium bodied and extremely enticing.” It rated 4½ Stars (the equivalent of 90/100).
By Christian Edes