Blacksmith 2017 Barebones Cinsault
LUSH's third installment of April in Africa is a wine that falls under the ever-evolving umbrella of natural wine – the first natural wine that we've highlighted lately, and a unique one at that. Although the natural wine movement seems to be taking flight in almost all major winemaking regions of the world - Old and New World alike – this week's Word on Wine is from the Coastal Region of South Africa.
While South Africa has a rich winemaking history dating back several centuries (gaining momentum following the late-1990s), this wine sources its grapes specifically from remote portions of the region where old vines - with notably low yield - grow. The Cinsault grapes from vines in Paarl led to this week's highlighted wine, the natural red Blacksmith 2017 Barebones Cinsault.
Bright and energized, intended to open young or age years beyond its vintage; the Blacksmith 2017 Barebones Cinsault is a fun pairing for LUSH's charcuterie boards and falling-off-the- bone pork. It has some mild carbonation, thanks to its 100% whole-bunch fermentation and use of natural yeast. These carbonic techniques help to amplify its red and purple fruit notes, hint of spice, and general light-bodied nature. Its prominent acidity makes for a delightful sipping experience without the accompaniment of food, as well. The process behind the Blacksmith 2017 Barebones Cinsault has a special emphasis on the parcels used to make its contents, rather than the production process itself; as a result, very little sulphur is added in the end. This wine will undoubtedly be a hit with those who want to explore something different, unique and representative of the winemaking prowess brewing in South Africa.