2022 Opstal Cinsault

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Opstal is a family-run estate located in Slanghoek ("Snakes Corner") which is part of the Breede River Valley wine region in the Western Cape of South Africa. It's currently helmed by 7th generation winemaker and all around good guy Attie Louw Opstal, who makes low-intervention wines from sustainably-farmed vineyards. The regional climate in Slanghoek is cooler than the Western Cape coastline and this produces fruit forward wines due to the slow ripening of the vines. This enables Attie to make a grape like Cinsault really sing. It's unusual to see a 100% Cinsault bottling in South Africa but it's carried off brilliantly here; juicy red fruit with a hint of spice and just a bit of grip. Attie calls it a "rosé on steroids". Sure! So, so easy to drink, pop it whenever the sun is shining this month. If this is your dinner wine, try pairing with smoked salmon, braised and spiced lamb or roasted veggies. Serve slightly chilled.

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