Rall Cinsault Blanc 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Wellington
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From a very small vineyard in Wellington, the 2020 Cinsault Blanc (which started as an experiment and is the only rendition of this variety in SA) is the purest expression so far. It is light with impressive fruit and vinosity. Only one amphora was produced.
'Matured in a clay amphora for 10 months. The nose is shy but subtle notes of citrus, peach and hay can be detected. The palate is better balanced than previous vintages – good fruit definition and freshness. Relatively broad with nice texture and plenty of flavour. No longer an oddity, this vintage possesses proper vinosity.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100

'The loads of extra work going into this vineyard combined with a more moderate growing season and much better rainfall has really helped to achieve a bigger and more healthy canopy and given us the opportunity to harvest later and a bit riper than the past while still retaining good acidity.

In the cellar the grapes where whole bunch pressed and the "dirty" juice transferred straight to amphora to ferment and then mature on its primary lees until bottling at around 8 months. The resulting wine has the same linear and savoury quality of the past vintages but there is definitely an extra layer of fruit and more texture in 2020. Still made from the only registered 0.2ha Cinsault blanc vineyard planted on granite in Wellington; this truly is a unique and almost forgotten SA grape variety.' – Donovan Rall, Winemaker

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Now into its third vintage - and showing its highest alcohol yet at a towering 11% alcohol - this very rare Cinsault Blanc is sourced from a 0.2-hectare parcel on granite in Wellington. Naturally fermented in clay amphorae, it's salty and very fresh, with lemongrass and citrus peel flavours. 2021-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 92/100

'Mutation of red cinsaut, from tiny, old Wellington vineyard. 2019 wholebunch pressed, amphora fermented, 8 months on lees. Light (11% alcohol), full of verve, expressive spice & citrusy zest. More than just a curiosity.' – Platter's Guide, 4*
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Donovan Rall
Alcohol 12.5%
Body Light-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Cinsault Blanc
Rating CE 91
Producer information Donovan Rall is one of SA’s finest, most exciting winemakers. In 2008, it all started with a bang when his first Rall White was awarded a Platter’s 5-Star. Since then, Donovan’s wines have continued on an unbelievable upward trajectory. He produces some of SA’s most sought-after wines including the stellar AVA single-vineyard wines, and his near-cult Rall White.
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