Bargain Cinsault

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault 2010 – Western Cape – South Africa

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault 2010 - £5.75 from the Wine Society

I first came across this wine on Jancis Robinson’s excellent Purple Pages website in an article reviewing the latest ‘gems’ from the Wine Society. “VVVGV” she rated it (“very very very good value”) and at under £6 it’s not hard to see why.

A bright translucent ruby – almost pink – in the glass. An enticing aroma of strawberries, ripe raspberries – bucketloads of fruit – yet tempered by a subtle spicyness – white pepper and pastry. At 14% and from a warm part of the world the alcohol is noticeable and the acidity only moderate, yet I was surprised at how light and well-balanced the palate felt. As I’ve written about before, the effect of the vine age (up to 65 years in this case) has a

beneficial effect. Very soft tannins yet an excellent concentration of fruit on the palate make this an excellent value wine for spring quaffing.

Well done on the Wine Society for continuing to supply such bargain gems, and to Jancis’s site for unveiling them!

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About James

James Flewellen is a biophysicist at the University of Oxford. He has competed for the University in international blind tasting competitions and won several awards. In addition, James is a wine educator and wine writer, most recently co-authoring "The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting". He also writes for the international gastronome site "The Rambling Epicure", and can be contacted for wine consultancy and educational courses through the "Oxford Wine Academy".
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