2015 Raised By Wolves "Old School" Cinsault - Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch (Previously $30)

SKU #1326212 Jancis Robinson

 Lightish crimson cherry colour. Dusty and lively on the nose, very pretty red fruit, almost a little floral, and peppery too. Tight and peppery on the palate. Definitely on the leaner end of the spectrum but no lack of fruit. Precise and fresh and persistent. Really fresh finish. Delicious. *Delicious* (JH)  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

80% Cinsault - 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; Many of these old South African "Cabernet Sauvignons" gems from the 60's and 70's included far greater Cinsaut than Cabernet. The shortage of Cab vines at the time and the laws allowed these wines to be labeled and Sauvignon. Given my respect for Cinsaut and its heritage in the S. African wine story, I wanted to explore these 'Old School' blends. Cinsaut has the ability to not only preserve, but vastly improve the King of red grapes.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
I love it when a wine surprises me like this one did! The "Old School" Cinsault from Raised By Wolves is made in a buy gone style- low alcohol, balanced and refreshing. If you are expanding your wine horizons, this is one not to miss, and I think it will go spectacularly with a sausage grill up or even a fancy steak. It is just wild and brambly enough from the Cinsault to keep you guessing!

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Other Red Wines

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.25