2014 Ramnasgras CINSAULT
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 completed, the vat is pressed and the must is moved to a big, less dodgy, foudre for 14 months.
This wine was bottled directly off its gross lees immediately after MLF.
Analysis: Alcohol 11.8 vol%, Residual Sugar 1.6 g/l, pH 3.72, Total Acidity (Tartaric) 5.8 g/l, Total sulphur 90 ppm
Hermitake (as it used to be known) or Cinsault (or Cinsaut) has been the red workhorse 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 2014 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.
2600 bottles made