Crushed & Cured
Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2021
Glorious translucent ruby in the glass. Crushed strawberry and raspberry mix together to create a delicious, red fruited cocktail of a wine. Vibrant acidity underpins these flavours and there is just a little texture to round it out: the best of sunny new world fruit with old world refinement.
The vineyards lie across the Paleisheuwel plateau in the Citrusdal mountains at 550-700m. of altitude - all dry-farmed with a high percentage of very old vines. The climate is perfect, with sunny summers and cooling breezes making for low yields and healthy fruit. With an impressive managing and winemaking team of Cerina and Jaco Van Niekerk in place, there's smarter winemaking than in the past. With a reduction in the use of oak (especially the vanilla-scented American oak), one can appreciate the quality of the grapes grown here - which drew so many others to buy the fruit.
Country: South Africa
Grape Variety: Cinsault