Advent Calendar #2 – Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015, an intense expression of this grape…

Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015

For the second day of the Advent Calendar we move up a notch to a full-blooded red, made from Cinsault, usually a provider of softness to blended wines. The grapes for the Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015 come from a well-tended 30-year-old unirrigated bush vine vineyard, planted in deep Oakleaf soils, high up on the slopes of the slopes of the Paarl Mountain, which stands on the northern side of the Estate.

Steenberg Ruby Rosé 2017Cinsaut grapes are big loosely packed bunches

Once ripe, the grapes for the Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015 were handpicked and brought to the cellar.  20% of the harvest was whole bunch fermented in foudres (open top French oak fermenters). The remainder of the fruit was hand sorted and c0-fermented with the whole bunches. Gentle pump-overs were done 6 times a day, after which the wine was drained and the skins were basket pressed. The wine was matured in 3rd and 4th fill oak barrels for 10 months before bottling.

Winemaker Anthony de Jager doing vineyard inspection

Bottled under natural cork in a Burgundy shaped bottle. Classical Fairview livery. In the glass, a gem bright bloodplum at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the meniscus. The aromas are of Cherries and spiced Rødgrød – the classic Danish mixed berry dessert. Anthony de Jager, the Fairview Winemaker said, “with attention to detail this Cinsault has broken the mould and the resulted wine is intense, well-structured and the Fairview Old Paarl Bush Vines Cinsault 2015 is a great addition to the Fairview portfolio. We decided to bottle this vintage own its own, allowing the full texture and the interesting side of this grape to shine.  The fruit, acidity and oak run as a single golden thread, beautifully plaited from entry through full mid palate to the ending.

Chill for about 30 minutes before serving. Perfect for a bottle of wine while you wait for the braai coals to be ready. Perfect with spicy boerewors off the braai.  Good with a gentle and fruity Bo Kaap spiced Curry. While be a perfect mate for a Burger! And just excellent with Fairview’s wide range of cheeses, including their Cheddar new range.  Cheddar Bobotie on a crisp piece of baguette toast sounds excellent with this wine.

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