Talking Cinsaut

How prominently is Cinsaut set to feature in the South African wine industry’s future? Yesterday, a panel discussion and tasting of some leading examples jointly hosted by Wine Cellar and WOSA (watch here). Based on my experience of the modern incarnations, it seems that it generally makes “smashable” wines – it is very much on […]

September 23, 2016
by Christian
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Recipe: Plum, pancetta and watercress salad

A perfect summer starter Serves 4 150g watercress, washed 10 ripe plums, washed 125g pancetta, fried until crispy 125g buffalo mozzarella, torn 1 tbsp (15ml) white balsamic vinegar 4 sprigs thyme 2 tbsp (30ml) sugar 3 tbsp (45ml) vegetable oil To make the plum dressing: Roughly chop up five of the plums, discarding the pits […]

January 26, 2016
by Christian
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Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Cinsaut Noir 2012

The Vineyard Selection Cinsaut Noir 2012 from Neil Ellis Wines presents a different take on the variety that’s rapidly becoming all the rage. Grapes from a 40-year-old Groenekloof vineyard, it’s bigger and bolder than many of its contemporaries, coming in at 15% abv and matured for 18 months in 500-litre barrels, 20% new. The nose […]

December 15, 2015
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Pofadder 2014

“This bottle of wine celebrates a grape that poses many challenges in the vineyard and in the cellar and keeps us humble” reads the back label of Pofadder 2014, the Swartland Cinsault in Eben Sadie’s Die Ouwingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). Plenty of berry fruit (cherries, wild strawberries) plus some black olive, fynbos and earth. […]

August 31, 2015
by Christian
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Silwervis 2014

Charging R275 a bottle might not be a lot in an international context but it’s still ambitious by local standards, especially if it’s for a single-variety Cinsaut but that’s precisely what Ryan Mostert has done with his Silwervis 2014. Is it worth the money? The aromatics are very floral with notes of red geranium and […]

July 23, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Thinking about Cabernet and Cinsaut

I had an interesting discussion at the Neil Ellis winery last Friday, waiting for the start of a tasting (including a new, fine and expensive wine called Webb Ellis 2010 – of which more some other time). In the first place, the chat involved me being a little more gung-ho about Stellenbosch wine in general […]

June 1, 2015
by Tim James
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Paradyskloof Pinot Noir Cinsaut Pinotage 2011

“Fridge reds” – lighter bodied wines from dark-coloured varieties you can serve from the fridge when the ambient temperature is high are a growing phenomenon and Vriesenhof of Stellenbosch has come up with an interesting new wine which falls into this category. 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the second-tier Paradyskloof range and to celebrate […]

October 9, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Recipe: Boerewors

Whether we eat it at Umlazi shisa-nyamas or agricultural shows in Elliotdale, this coil of cholesterol brings us together. From Cape Town to Kakamas, it is impossible to imagine a school fête or sporting event without a boerewors-roll stall. Perhaps the ultimate boerewors king is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Speaking at the 2007 inaugural National […]

October 3, 2014
by Anna Trapido
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