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Rall Cinsault '17

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Rall Cinsault '17

Donovan Rall is one of South Africa's most exciting wine producers.

I had a chance to visit him in South Africa a couple years ago, and then host him for a tasting at the old West Loop location. 

Donovan founded his winery in 2008, starting by producing two wines, a white wine blend and a red wine blend, with fruit sourced from old vines primarily from Swartland and Stellenbosch. 

In the winery, Donovan tries to keep things simple, fermenting with natural yeast, using his small basket press, and aging typically in older oak barrels.

Last year, with the 2016 vintage Donovan introduced a new red from the grape varietal Cinsault. Commonly found in the South of France and Corsica, this grape has been used in South Africa for many years, although typically blended with other red grape varieties.

Donovan's 2016 Cinsault was a revelation, it became one of my favorite red wines to offer for summer drinking or those looking for a Pinot Noir alternative.

The 2017 is absolutely outstanding, the type of red I want to drink all the time. It is perfumed, with lots of pretty red fruit. It offers a silky texture with some weight. At 13% it is light on its feet, striking the perfect balance of freshness and complexity.

This is a must try wine, although with only 3200 bottles produced it won't be around very long.


South Africa


Producer Rall Wines
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Cinsault


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