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Metzer Cinsault 2018 Red Wine South Africa 75cl

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Metzer Cinsault is from vines planted in 1964 on granite soils. Wade has crafted a light-medium bodied, graceful wine with berries and cherries, some subtly grippy tannins and great balance.

Wade Metzer is one of South Africa's most talented winemakers, specialising in making great wines from old vines.

Wade Metzer is a real talent who not only makes some of South Africa’s best Chenin, but also outstanding reds from vineyards in the Helderberg mountain on the south-eastern eastern edge of Stellenbosch. Metzer Family Wines was born in 2006 after Wade had spent some time being mentored by Eben Sadie, who is the perhaps the most influential South African winemaker of the last 20 years. Wade sought out parcels of old vines tucked away from some of the flashier more touristic wineries and is currently working with 6 old vineyards under contract. The maritime breezes which come up from False Bay, and the altitude from the Helderberg itself give the wines from here freshness and balance alongside ripeness. His simple aim is to nurture this wonderful old-vine fruit from vine to bottle with minimal input along the way, allowing the essential characteristics of the fruit and vineyard to shine through. In the Metzer cellar a great emphasis is placed on the minimum handling of fruit, and no mechanical interventions with pumps, filters and reverse osmosis machines never used in the process. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts, alive on the grapes and resident in the cellar, leads to long, stable extraction times. Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve the "life-forces" from vineyard to bottle. A traditional basket-press is used for gentle extraction of the reds. The Cinsault is a single-vineyard wine from a dry-land, bushvine parcel situated on the lower foothills of the Helderberg West peak. The block was planted in 1964 on heavily weathered granitic soils and features a healthy sprinkling of Chenin Blanc, erroneously planted to replace dead Cinsault vines. The grapes are de-stemmed into open top fermenters, including 30% whole bunches, and undergo a cold soaking for 3-5 days. The wine ferments naturally (without the addition of commercial yeast) for a period of 14 days during which it is punched down manually once per day. Thereafter it is gently basket pressed and moved by gravity into barrel. The 2018 was raised for 9 months in seasoned French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine shows delicate flavours of red cherries, cranberries, peppery spice as well as a hint of lavender. Despite its delicacy, the palate is firm and concentrated with fine tannins. An extremely versatile food wine that compliments everything from shellfish to white meats and on to aged cheeses
More Information
Brand Metzer
Country of Origin South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Style Red
Wine Colour Red
Grape Variety Cinsault
Main Grape Cinsault
Vintage 2018
% Alcohol 12
Flavour Vibrant & Fruity
Body Light
Pack Format 75CL
Fine No
Rare No