If you’ve paid attention to wine trends, you may have noticed that Cinsault, the charming new kid on the block, has been turning heads and making waves among wine drinkers who enjoy the thrill of a chilled light red. Meanwhile, the scrumptious and elegant Syrah continues to be well-adored by wine enthusiasts, old and new, and rightfully so!
Today, our wine-of-the-week is a short tale of a new rising star (Cinsault) meeting an all-time favourite (Syrah) that promises a delicious bottle. Aren’t you intrigued?
Floral, light, and bright, the fruit-forward Pearce Predhomme Cinsault-Syrah is a collaboration between our very own Nicholas Pearce and Toronto sommelier Will Predhomme to create world-class wines from their beloved regions. With this in mind, all the grapes were sourced from bush vines that were planted in the bright copper-red Koffieklip soils in Stellenbosch’s southwest, which lends the wine structure and brilliance.
A splash of this light red in your favourite stemware will give away sweet aromas of cherry, strawberry, wild raspberry, and hints of granite and spice. On the palate it is light-bodied, with vibrant acidity and delicate tannins, punching above its weight in flavour with only 12.5% alcohol.
This wine is undoubtedly one of our summer favourites, especially with a slight chill, ready to elevate everything from barbecue meats, to roasted veggies, and spicy dishes.
Also great with a bonfire!
$19.95/bottle ($239.40/case of 12*)
*HST and bottle deposit not included.
90 points – David Lawrason, Wine Align
If you are fan of South African reds you will love this; if not you will be a step closer. It’s a lively, engaging if idiosyncratic wine offering complexity, diversity and sheer drinkability. The nose is nicely lifted with a melange of wild blueberry, pomegranate fruit plus some meatiness, all kinds of herbality and Cape tar. It is medium bodied (only 12.5%) alcohol with crunchy acidity, a hint of sourness, fine soft tannin. Excellent length. Edgy but it works. Chill lightly. – Tasted January 2021
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