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Metzer, OVP Cinsault 2021

The guiding principle for Wade Metzer’s winemaking philosophy is that winemaking must always respect the fruit. To achieve this he uses non-interventionist principles; no mechanical interventions, indigenous yeasts and no fining or filtration. Many of his wines are Old Vine Certified, including this Cinsault.

Sourced from a single-vineyard of dry-land bushvine, planted on the foothills of the Helderberg in 1957 – the oldest block that Wade currently works with.

The majority of grapes (70%) were destemmed into open top fermenters, with 30% being added as whole bunches. 5 days of cold soaking preceded fermentation, using only natural yeasts. Punchdowns were only done once a day during fermentation. The wine was basket pressed before being transferred to seasoned barrels, using gravity, for 9 months of ageing. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The wine shows delicate flavours of ripe cherries, cranberries, peppery spice as well as a hint of lavender. Despite its delicacy, the palate is firm and concentrated with fine dry tannins. An extremely versatile food wine that compliments everything from shellfish to white meats and on to aged cheeses.

93pts | Tim Atkin

£26.99

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Stellenbosch

Cinsault

LightFull Bodied

Description

VARIETAL:
100% Cinsault. A single-vineyard wine from a dry-land, bushvine parcel situated on the lower foothills of the Helderberg West peak. The block was planted in 1957 and is currently the oldest parcel which we are working with.

VINIFICATION:
This Cinsault has been fermented and aged as naturally as possible, without intervention and in search of an authentic reflection of its origin.
The grapes are de-stemmed into open top fermenters, including 30% whole bunches, and undergo a cold soaking for 3-5 days. The wine ferments naturally (without the addition of commercial yeast) for a period of 14 days during which it is punched down manually once per day. Thereafter, it is gently basket pressed and moved by gravity into barrel. The 2021 was raised for 9 months in seasoned French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in November 2021.

TASTING NOTES:
The wine shows delicate flavours of ripe cherries, cranberries, peppery spice as well as a hint of lavender. Despite its delicacy, the palate is firm and concentrated with fine dry tannins. An extremely versatile food wine that compliments everything from shellfish to white meats and on to aged cheeses.

AGEING POTENTIAL:
The wine delivers immediate drinking pleasure but will gain in complexity with further cellaring.
Optimum drinking: 2022 – 2027 (16° C).

ANALYSIS:
Alcohol: 13.1%
T/A: 4.9 g/l
pH: 3.64
R/S: 1.3 g/l
Sulphites: 76mg/l

Additional information

Alcohol vol

13.1%

Grape

Cinsault

Origin

Stellenbosch

Vintage

2021

Wine Farm

An extremely versatile food wine that compliments everything from shellfish to white meats and on to aged cheeses.

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