Cooper’s pick: the world’s best Cin­sault buys

Decanter - - CINSAULT -

The Sadie Fam­ily Wines, Po­fad­der, Swart­land, South Africa 2016 94 £33.50-£35.80 Har­ro­gate Wines, He­do­nism Per­fumed bou­quet with straw­berry and cherry, spice and white pep­per. Medium-bod­ied with lin­ear, tense and thrilling acid­ity, tex­tured tan­nins and a lovely earthy min­er­al­ity be­hind. Fin­ishes long, pure and crack­ling with life. Drink 2018-2028 Al­co­hol 14%

De Martino, Vie­jas Ti­na­jas, Itata Val­ley, Chile 2016 93 £ 15.85-£ 17.50 Berry Bros & Rudd, Exel, Les Caves de Pyrene This Cin­sault is both fer­mented and aged in am­phora – and it con­tin­ues to im­press. De­light­ful nose of red fruit and sweet cur­rants with real pu­rity. Crunchy red fruits on the palate are car­ried along by a re­fresh­ing cran­berry fresh­ness. Fine-grained tan­nins ca­ress the top of the palate and leave you want­ing more. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13%

Lukas van Log­geren­berg, Geron­imo, South Africa 2016 93 £22.40-£25 Drey­fus Ashby, Lay & Wheeler, The So­lent Cel­lar, The Wine Re­serve, Vin Cog­nito Di­vinely per­fumed nose: flo­ral, fresh and sappy with bright cherry and straw­berry. There’s a sweet red­cur­rant note with a touch of tart­ness and sub­tle spices on the palate, plus del­i­cate, fine tan­nins. This has won­der­ful poise, ten­sion and a long, clean, sapid fin­ish. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 13%

Do­maine des Tourelles, Vieilles Vignes, Bekaa Val­ley, Le­banon 2015 92 £ 17.50-£ 19 Boutinot, High­bury Vint­ners, Le Vig­no­ble, Talk­ing Wines, Tau­rus Wines, The Wine So­ci­ety From vines planted 1,000m above sea level. Brood­ing, dusty nose with dark cherry. Lovely tex­tu­ral chalky tan­nins, with dusty notes and sweet ripe cherry and plum. Velvety soft and lovely, lively acid­ity. Drink 2018-2024 Alc 14.5%

Mas des Chimères, Oeil­lade, Coteaux du Salagou, Hérault, France 2015 92 £ 12 Sav­age Se­lec­tion Rasp­berry, red­cur­rant and dried herbs jump out of the glass. This is the light side of medium-bod­ied, with a nervy, del­i­cate palate of soft tan­nins, show­ing vi­brancy, pu­rity and a hint of woodsmoke. El­e­gant and re­fresh­ing. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13%

Natte Valleij, Dar­ling, South Africa 2016 92 £ 14.95 Edg­mond Wines, Vin Cog­nito Part of the fan­tas­tic Cin­sault Col­lec­tive. This has beau­ti­ful blue­berry fruit and wild gar­rigue herbal aro­mat­ics. Medium-bod­ied, with a saline min­eral palate, red cher­ries and round, firm tan­nins. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 12.5%

Rogue Vine, Grand Itata Tinto, Itata Val­ley, Chile 2015 92 £ 17.99 Har­vey Ni­chols, Indigo Wine, Kwoff Around 5% of País goes into this su­perb field blend. Brim­ming full of lively red fruit with dusty notes. There’s a lovely min­eral, saline char­ac­ter to the mid-palate and sculpted, soft, chalky tan­nins. Fin­ishes with bright acid­ity and crunchy red fruits. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13%

Craven, Stel­len­bosch, South Africa 2016 91 £22 Fields Mor­ris & Verdin, Swig, The Old Bridge Wine Shop Mick and Jea­nine Craven fo­cus purely on in­di­vid­ual vine­yard sites. This is a won­der­fully sub­tle, fresh, wild red fruit-led Cin­sault style. Vi­brant, a hint of min­er­al­ity and soft tan­nins, light but def­i­nitely not thin. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 13%

Flot­sam & Jet­sam, Stal­wart, West­ern Cape, South Africa 2016 91 £ 16.95-£20 Drey­fus Ashby, Swig, The Wine Re­serve, Vin Cog­nito Very pale in colour, but there’s a lovely sappy and per­fumed nose, show­ing sub­tle rose petal and crunchy red fruits. Zippy and lively on the palate with soft tan­nins and wild straw­berry fruit. Sim­ple, de­li­cious and very mor­eish. Drink 2018-2020 Alc 12%

Parra y Fa­milia, Imag­i­nador, Itata Val­ley, Chile 2016 91 £20.75-£22 Bot­tle Apos­tle, H2Vin & Quintessen­tially, The So­lent Cel­lar A field blend sourced from four grow­ers in Itata. With around 10% País, the nose is a won­der­ful blend of herbs and mul­berry fruit, then a dense palate has chalky tan­nins and a crunchy tang. Fresh yet has power and el­e­gance. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 14.5%

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