Like the original red variant of this grape the biggest challenge is always to find the balance between enough ripeness to provide texture without losing the already low levels of acidity associated with cinsault. As this is not a “normal” white grape but the mutation of the red the pH and TA is very much the same as red cinsault. Keeping this in mind in the 2019 vintage there was no skin contact and with much better levels of natural acid this year this is the freshest and most complete of the 3 vintages made.
The grapes are 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. Still made from the only registered 0.2ha on granite in Wellington of this unique and almost forgotten variety in SA.
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Gentle giant Donovan Rall is very well travelled as a winemaker, but found his inspiration in the Mediterranean varietals in the Swartland. After graduating with a Viticulture and Oenology degree from Stellenbosch University in 2005 and extensive travels and harvests in other regions, Donovan returned to South Africa in 2007 for a season in the Swartland. Here he worked on his dream of making unique and natural styled wines under his own label, a small batch range “never more than 1000 cases tops” from good fruit from some of the oldest vineyards in Swartland and Stellenbosch. He started with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Viognier for a white blend, and Syrah, Mouvedre and Grenache for his red blend, but now also make some single varietals. The winemaking is simple, with each parcel allowed to ferment and mature naturally before blending. The wines are full of character and complexity, mark our words these are future classics.