Cinsault is a grape that tends to be resigned to blends in France as it softens out tannic grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon etc. But it can make fantastic lighter wines all by itself if given the opportunity and right conditions. In Swartland – South Africa, the grape has found something of home away from home and plenty of ripe yet characterful wines are to be found there.
This has a pale ruby colour with a pink rim and ripe fresh red berry aroma (cherries, strawberry, cranberry), with a wide streak of strawberry liquorish running through. All this reflected on the palate along with a clean acidity, light tannins, sweet spice (cinnamon) and a hint of something herby lurking far in the background that teases throughout the long juicy finish. This is a beautiful wine! Lighter reds often get over looked or lumped in with Beaujolais and this does have an aroma that you could be forgiven for thinking was Beaujolais Cru like a Brouille or a Fleurie… just a very good one! Cinsault as a grape has a softer edge to it’s acidity than Gamey though and coming from Swartland in South Africa there’s a ripeness and concentration to the fruit in this wine that Beaujolais struggles to reach. In short, a stunning wine for the price and a great mid-week red for all you’re school-night drinking needs; £10 a bottle from M&S.