NEW! Blackwater 'Zeitgeist' Cinsault, Darling, South Africa 2017

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Blackwater Zeitgeist Cinsault.jpg

NEW! Blackwater 'Zeitgeist' Cinsault, Darling, South Africa 2017

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The words ‘Darling’ and ‘Cinsault’ will soon be a synonymous as ‘Mendoza’ and ‘Malbec’ or ‘Coonawarra’ and ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’. The hardy Mediterranean grape, Cinsault, has found its spiritual home away from home in the hot, dry conditions of the Darling region, due north of Cape Town and surrounded by the Swartland region. Once upon a time, Cinsault represented 75% of South Africa’s red wines, but as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot began their global takeover of the New World during the latter half of the 20th Century, Cinasult retreated into the shadows.

Thankfully, it has recently been rediscovered by many of the Cape’s ‘New Wave’ winemakers. like Eben Sadie, Alex Milner and Francois Hassebroek of Blackwater Wines. It’s a grape that suits their ethos of making lighter, fresher, more perfumed wines. This example from Blackwater, which sees no oak at all, is a beauty, full of pithy, stony cherry and raspberry fruit with zippy redcurrant acidity. It’s a style that will take some adjusting to for people who have been weaned on dark-coloured, sweetly-fruited wines from the New World, because it’s lively and racy, but it makes you want to explore another glass and that’s one of the essential commendations for any wine. 50% whole bunch. 13% alc. Drink now-2025.


Press review:

Tim Atkin MW:
“Darling is increasingly proving itself as the best spot in South Africa to grow Cinsault. This is a stunning rendition of a grape that’s often under-valued in the Cape: indecently, decadently floral with some spices from 40% whole bunches and no wood at all. Elegant, fragrant and very long. 2019-2025“ 95 points

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