Cinsault, Western Cape, 2017

  Flotsam & Jetsam

Cinsault, Western Cape

Cinsault can now lay a claim to being South Africa's flagship grape variety. It fell out of favour in the 1960s and many of the great old vineyards were grubbed up. It is now seeing a return to form, impressing for its Beaujolais-style bright red fruit and, in the case of the Flotsam wines, low alcohol (12.5%) and lines of clear fresh strawberries, red cherry and raspberry leaf. The perfect summer red.

Contains Sulphites.

About Flotsam & Jetsam

Flotsam & Jetsam is a side-project of Chris and Suzan Alheit. Produced from mostly Stellenbosch fruit, they offer a wonderful introduction to the Alheit style of bright, creamy fruit and vivid, jostling acidites. We fell in love with the straight Cinsault, one of the most attractive and refreshing examples of this variety we can recall.

Appellation: Western Cape

The Western Cape encompasses all of the major wine regions of South Africa. Within this classification is the Cape Winelands, itself made up of the most prominent regions, namely Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington.

Grape Type: Cinsault

The Cinsault is a Southern Rhône variety, used in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Midi, also popular in South Africa where it is know as Hermitage and was crossed with Pinot Noir to produce Pinotage, as well as being an ingredient in Lebanon's Château Musar. In the Languedoc it is sometimes blended with Carignan to produce, light spicy fruit driven style wines.