Cinsault

 

Name of varietal: Cinsault
 
Common synonyms: Cinsaut, Bourdalase, Navarro, Hermitage, Picardan Noir, Ottavienello, Black Malvoisie
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Southern France
 
History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc regions its primary function is as a supporting player in blends, especially Chateauneuf-du-Pape, adding spice and aromatics, mellowing out harsh tannins. It is also planted widely in countries with sizeable French influence in their wine-making such as Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. It came to the states in the mid-1800s.
 
But perhaps its most important role in wine history took place in South Africa, where in 1925 it was crossed with Pinot Noir by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I. Perold in an attempt to create a unique South African varietal, which became Pinotage
 
Characteristics of the grape: low tannins, dark, spicy, slightly Read more »

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  • Sequillo Eben Sadie Swartland 2012

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    This really benefited from a couple of years in the cellar. It is now a fully melded wined wine layers of red fruit, flowers, A stony minerality, spice with mild tannins and well balanced acidity. Just goes to show the character of winemaker Eben Sadie. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Muscar 2007

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    Didn't care for. A bit too much of a strange musky flavor Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... ... Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault never disappoint with fresh acid and lively fruit. But the question posed was not about our "go-to" reds but more superlative in nature. What is the biggest red wine still suitable for summer? When I think in those terms, I thi... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • Chateau Unang Ventoux 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent [www.dickenshousewine.co.uk ] ... blend of grenache,syrah and cinsault though I do not know in what proportions.I started it last night with my supper of meat pie and I did enjoy it. There is some blackcurrant and blackberry style fruit there although the tannins were initially a little harsh, ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhone Blend Barossa Valley South Australia 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhone Blend Barossa Valley South Australia 2012

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Hewitson "Miss Harry" Rhone Blend Barossa Valley South Australia 2012

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off ... ... vintage of  rose of cinsault, fresh & brightWapato - Treveri (more bubbles)Plain - Plain Cellars was highly recommended but it was closed when we were in the area.   &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Columbia gorge


  • Château l'Afrique Rosé 2012

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    Wine review by lafilmer


  • Gigondas la Cave "La Reference" Gigondas 2009

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    Crap - this developed into a stellar wine. From a relatively shy youngster to a bold, enthusiastic adult this was fantastic. Smokey oak, blackberry and a smattering of red berry fruits, roses, spice and green vegtal characteristics lead to a full fruity, spicey palate that is shock full of tannins and juicy acidity leading to lingering, fruity f... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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