2017 Sadie Family Old Vine Series "Pofadder" Cinsault Swartland South Africa (Previously $65)

SKU #1392692 95 points Vinous

 The 2017 Pofadder is pure Cinsault fermented in concrete tanks and conical foudres for 12 months. It has a clean, precise bouquet of tart red cherries, black currant leaf and a touch of chai tea. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp acidity, gentle grip and a slightly brittle-textured but very penetrating, beautifully defined finish. I agree with Eben that this is one of the most elegant Pofadder I have tasted. (NM)  (8/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A graceful red, featuring a subtle start that opens up to raspberry and red currant flavors midpalate, with emerging spice and rose hip tea notes gliding along. Fresh acidity gives this energy and balance, while light tannins add to the charm of the silky mouthfeel. Well-defined finish. Cinsault. Drink now through 2026. 437 cases made. –JM  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

Cinsault Whole-clusters are placed in wooden open-top fermenters, with 1 or 2 punch-downs by foot daily. After a month on skins, grapes are moved into a tiny basket press and pressed to an old wooden cask. Bottled after a year. 94 points Tim Atkin, MW

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