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Percheron Old Vine Cinsault, Western Cape, South Africa 2019



Percheron championed the Cinsault grape for many years before its current fashionable status and nobody is more delighted that it is now such a bright star in the South African wine scene. Cinsault is voice of the Cape’s cool Atlantic vineyards and is finally finding favour with wine drinkers. 

No irrigation is used on the vineyards and very little crop control is needed due to the age of the vines naturally restricting yield. All grapes are harvested by hand and the vines are mostly 65 year old bush vines from hidden corners of the Cape. The climate is perfect for viticulture with the low rainfall in summer months, tempered by cool afternoon breezes and the cold winters allowing the vines to rest and to build up reserves. The result is a wine in which red fruit dominates and which is full of juiciness.

Bright, expressive and gently savoury notes on the nose are followed by a palate of fresh pomegranate, bright acidity, savoury gamey notes and a bright, beating heart of cherry ripe fruit.

Slightly chilled with pink duck, pink lamb or carpaccio of beef, this is a beautifully defined expression of South Africa’s most fashionable grape variety.

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