Our Wine of the week for the 19th of October is Leeuwenkuil’s Cinsualt 2014
This lovely bottle is £12.99 from Carpanini’s Emporium, Abergavenny.
Appelation : Swartland
Varieties: 100% Cinsault
Harvest Date: Mid to end February : 8.5 ton/ha
In the cellar: Grapes were picked different sugar level to ensure a good balance. Fermented on skins with punchdowns and pump overs as well as carbonic maceration to retain upfront fruit. The wine was aged in 500L and 5000L French oak barrels for 8 months until blending and bottling.
Bottling date: Jan 2015
Drinkability: Drink now, should age well for another 4 years.
Vineyard: The oldest dry land, bush vine vineyards was used as a source for this wine. Crop was reduced to 1 bunch per shoot to enhance grape quality. Grapes were picked at sugars of between 18 and 23 degrees balling
Tasting Notes: An elegant and .velvety wine with good colour and concentration for Cinsault. Red berries and cherries, savoury black olives and black spices.
Food pairing suggestions: Reduced bone marrow tomato pasta with black olives to give it a Mediterranean twist.
General & Vintage: It’s time for Cinsault to shine, especially from the Swartland area. Old vines are the real stars of the show. For the late ripener that Cinsault is, the good rains during harvest were a blessing. These easy ripening conditions led to an elegant and fruity wine.
Analysis: Alc 13,01% TA 5,6 g/l pH 3,64 RS 2,1 g/l
Call in to pick up your bottle at 44 Frogmore St, Abergavenny.