Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2020 Geronimo Cinsaut
Lukas's brilliant Cinsaut comes from 2 vineyards, one planted in 1978 and the other in 1992. Both vineyards are from a farm called Rustenhof which is situated in the Firgrove area in Stellenbosch. These bush vines are dryland farmed. The soils are decomposed granite with under laying sandstone which gives this wine its elegance and finesse. Lukas is a great believer in the wines from Cinsaut, which could be described a one of South Africa's heritage varieties. Normally a blending component, but we find Lukas extracts great delicacy and complexity from this variety.
The grapes were 60% whole bunch fermented. All grapes were left to ferment naturally with one punch down performed daily. The wines underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The barrels were blended together after 9 months in old French oak barrels and bottled right after. The cinsaut is bottled earlier than our other red wines to maintain the crunchy fruit vibrancy unique to cinsaut. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wines.
"Perfumed, bright and complex, with layered redcurrant and red cherry fruit, added texture from 40% whole bunches, sinewy Italian-style tannins and a salty frisson. 2022-27". Tim Atkin MW, South African Wine Report 2021, 94 pts