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AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras Cinsault 2017

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Vineyard: This vineyard was planted in the mid 1950’s on decomposed granite soils. The vineyard has South East exposition and is 1.6 ha in extent.

Vinification and elevage: the grapes are sorted meticulously in the vineyard and transported in small picking boxes to a refrigerated container where they are left overnight to cool. The whole bunches are fermented in dodgy old wooden vats and pumped over once daily. When fermentation is almost complete, the vat is pressed, and the must is moved to a big, less dodgy, foudre for 12 months. This wine was bottled directly off its gross lees immediately after MLF.

Analysis
Alcohol 13 vol%
Residual Sugar 2.0 g/L
pH 3.66
Total Acidity (Tartaric) 4.8 g/L
Total sulphur 72 ppm

Flavour:  see and taste bottles contents :-)

Hermitake or Cinsault has been the work horse of the South African industry but over the last couple of decades its star has waned, in favour of the fancy Shiraz and its likes. This vineyard is occasionally bottled on its own and 2017 was one of these years. It possesses great fruit of the red spectrum, earthiness and some lovely spice. The palate is delicious in its transparency of fruit flavours, fair acid grip and gentle tannins.

Only 5200 bottles made

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