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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

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Jancis Robinson

Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

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.... Read More

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

ColourRed

RegionPiekenierskloof

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyCinsault

Vintage2020

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK620

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

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, 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...

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

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-2024

"Full bottle 1,397 g.
Pale garnet. I found fresher fruit than Ali Cooper MW did recently in his Cinsault comparative tasting. There is sweetness and meatiness. It's one of the richer Cinsaults on the palate with a little heat on the end. Not overpriced but not a standout. Drink 2021–2024 16/20. Jancis Robinson, October 2021"


How we came to work with Piekenierskloof: 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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