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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

Please note this is NOT the wine recommended by Jancis Robinson in the FT on the 12th of December but the following (very similar) vintage. From vines planted in 1976; half aged in tank and half in old oak. Like all the best Cinsault,... Read More

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

ColourRed

RegionPiekenierskloof

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyCinsault

Vintage2019

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK619

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Piekenierskloof

Piekenierskloof South Africa For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, youngand old. I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a co-operative but now...

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

Please note this is NOT the wine recommended by Jancis Robinson in the FT on the 12th of December but the following (very similar) vintage.

From vines planted in 1976; half aged in tank and half in old oak. Like all the best Cinsault, this exudes that lovely perfume composed of floral notes and ripe berries. Velvety, showing vivid strawberry fruit, bright and not in the least jammy. Juicy, persistent, with a little tannin; this combines the best of sunny new world fruit with old world refinement. Now-2023

How we came to work with Piekenierskloof in 2020: For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof - not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old. I didn't realise that Piekenierskloof wasn't just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a co-operative but now owned principally by two brothers, grandsons of Johan Abraham Van Zyl who first settled the heights above Citrusdal in 1923. The derivation of the name is from the establishment of outposts on the mountain pass by Dutch Piekeniers, pikemen - whose military poses have been wittily adapted to farming and gardening tasks on the labels!

The vineyards lie across the Paleisheuwel plateau in the Citrusdal mountains at 550-700m. of altitude - all dry-farmed with a high percentage of very old vines. The climate is perfect, with sunny summers and cooling breezes making for low yields and healthy fruit. With an impressive managing and winemaking team of Cerina and Jaco Van Niekerk in place, there's smarter winemaking than in the past. With a reduction in the use of oak (especially the vanilla-scented American oak), one can appreciate the quality of the grapes grown here - which drew so many others to buy the fruit. Finally, all the wines offer superb value.

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