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Percheron Old Vine Cinsault, South Africa 2013

095609percheron cinsaultDavid Williams recommended three “great wines made with Cinsault” writing in the Guardian this week – a southern French grape variety he said is often “taken for granted”, but which is “capable of producing some excellent wines”.

He said: “The Cinsault red grape variety, much maligned when it isn’t being ignored entirely in its southern French home, has become an unlikely flavour of the month in some parts of the southern hemisphere. I mentioned the Chilean producer De Martino’s vital version made in clay pots here last week. I’ve since tasted a more conventional but equally lithe and lively, cherry-herbal example made in the same southern Itata Valley by a producer, Montes, that has hitherto specialized in brawny reds (Outer Limits Cinsault 2013, £15.99, Liberty Wines for stockists). Both are evidence of exciting new directions in Chile, but Cinsault also seems to be catching on in South Africa, and the juicy, earthy and briskly refreshing Percheron is one of the country’s best-value reds.”

Price: £6.49, Slurp; Cheers Wine Merchants; Noble Green Wines; Selfridges

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault, Western Cape, South Africa 2013

Cinsault2012“Even better than the Percheron”, according to Williams, is this Cinsault from South Africa’s Waterkloof Estate on the Southern Cape.

He said: “Owned by British wine importer Paul Boutinot (whose eponymous company, which he sold in 2013, also imports the Percheron), Waterkloof makes one of my favourite South African whites, the Circle of Life White Blend (Slurp has the nervy but richly peach-fruited 2011 for £12.85). The Cinsault has a similar breezy feel to go with its sappy cranberry and svelte tannins which, as the name implies, are designed to be served after a half-hour or so in the fridge with, I reckon, a plate of spicy charcuterie.”

Price: £14.39, Noel Young Wines

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