- From the Paarl region of South Africa
- Maroon in color with a thin, rusty-colored rim
- Meaty/funky scents along with caramel, black fruit, and dates
- An odd mouthfeel - nothing in the front of the mouth. Slight tannins along the sides and a fairly long finish in the rear of the mouth. A little out-of-balance: High alcohol without enough acidity to counter-balance
My first impression of this wine was not terribly good. However, I remembered that
Cinsault (in my humble opinion) needs a little extra breathing time before being sipped. So after another 20 minutes or so I sampled the wine again. This time, I was able to appreciate its unique scents and simple, drinkable flavors.
*** (3 stars out of 5)
Of course if you've never tried South Africa's very own grape, Pinotage, I suggest you try Fairview Pinotage. It's truly an original.