Raats B Vintners Cinsault
2019 – 93 Points by Tim Atkin
2019 – 93 Points by Christiaan Eedes
2018 – 94 Points by Greg Sherwood MW
producer B Vintners
style Dry Red
origin Stellenbosch, South Africa
It is a rather special story about an old vineyard in Stellenbosch. Cinsault planted in 1953, as a result of the unavailability of enough Pinotage planting material. The section of vines used for the production of the Lone Wolf Cinsault, forms part of a larger Pinotage vineyard and was planted to fully utilize the demarcated area of land. It was planted by chance, now 65 odd years later, we are cultivating and harvesting this piece of history separately and producing a stand-alone wine. Only 1000 bottles produced.
It is a charming and eloquent expression of the variety. The nose shows cranberry, raspberry, and some red cherry notes, with a floral element that is underpinned by fragrant spices. It is light of touch on the palate but remains concentrated with bright acidity and powdery tannins, giving length to the dry finish.