A blend of 87% Cinsaut planted in 1975 (46 years old) and 13% Pinotage planted in 1976 (45 years old) – on decomposed granite in the lower Helderberg. Slightly less (50%) carbonic maceration in 2021 gives this wine more weight and grip than the 2020, creating what many will perceive as a more “serious” offering.
Characteristic (for the area) Cinsaut notes of blackcurrant and licorice spice with some earthy notes is guided by the heady violets and juicy notes of the Pinotage.As per previous vintages, there is 0% oak on this wine – Bernhard relies on Pinotage’s natural texture and phenolics for structure.
Beautifully pure, fragrant wine – with raspberry, cranberry and violets. A wonderful experience.
Christian Eedes: “A slight note of reduction before cherry and pomegranate plus hints of flowers and herbs. The palate is again light but wonderfully focused – good fruit definition, bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish nicely dry.”