The top scoring Cinsault in 'Cin City' - a tasting of Cinsaults from around the world in September 2021. Pseudonym is made from a small 70 -year old vineyard situated in a little valley into the mountain in Darling. 100% Cinsault, with dainty tiptoeing fruit, exotic spice and some sweet herbal notes, silken tannins and a floating palate. Pieter's pseudonym: “Die konfytkoker van die Strand”, meaning “The jam maker from the Strand - read on to learn why!
'There are two farms in Darling who share the same entrance. I buy grapes from Farmer 1. He is a really good farmer and many years ago realised that the only way to make his business work is to farm top-quality grapes. He therefore removed all inferior high-production vineyards and was left with only old Bush vines with potential. He then sourced buyers from top wineries - guys and girls who could afford paying much more for his grapes and compensated him for the extra care given to these Old vines. Over the years he therefore created a niche market for himself. His neighbour however (Farmer 2), farms for the big co-operative winery who doesn't pay as well as the smaller wineries. So, each time a branded vehicle entered their shared entrance, Farmer 2 made a note of the name of the winery who buys from his neighbour. He would then get into contact with the winery and try to sell them grapes as well. I don't have any branding on my vehicle though, so he couldn't track me down. One day, however, he phoned Farmer 1 and complained about the speed I was driving, obviously wanting to find out who I was. Farmer 1’s reply? “Oh, you mean the jam (preserve) maker from The Strand? He’s the one who buys all my left-over grapes once I’ve sold all my top stuff. He then pays me double what the others are paying and makes jam in The Strand (my home town).” I’m sure this kept Farmer 2 busy for a while.'
FROM THE PRESS
“A subtle, elegant nose with whole-bunch character dominating – sappy, red fruits, pepper and cranberry. The palate has surprising intensity and concentration of red fruits. The layered palate shows Christmas spice, fine tannins, mouth-watering freshness and a long finish that has a saline note and wet tobacco. Fascinating. Drink 2021 – 2030, 17.5. Alastair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com”