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Unleashing Lone Wolf Cinsault 2021

By June 30, 2022General

Unleashing Lone Wolf Cinsault 2021

SHAPING A FUTURE HERITAGE
LIMITED 1100 BOTTLES PRODUCED

Bruwer Vintners Lone Wolf Cinsault has its origins in the magical Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch, where we found a historic Pinotage vineyard with two rows of Cinsault peculiarly planted in the middle of the expansive hills. Legend has it that while planting the blocks, the farmers ran out of planting material and to finish in time, they planted Cinsault to complete the block. These vines have flourished and matured, standing tall in the fertile weathered granite and shale soils exposed to the African sun and the cool ocean breeze. Today we cultivate and harvest a piece of time and history from a vineyard planted in 1953.

In recent years Cinsault has seen a resurgence as a single varietal after falling out of vogue in the 90s. In the 60s and 70s, Cinsault, then known as Hermitage, was South Africa’s most planted variety due to its large berries, juicy flesh and enormous yields. It was used for everything from bulk wine to brandy, and was later appreciated for its ability to add freshness to red blends. It is well known that some of South Africa’s most iconic Cabernets and Bordeaux blends from the 60s and 70s are still youthful because of the freshness that the addition of Cinsault gave them.

Today the global reappraisal of this variety has its epicentre firmly in South Africa. With most of the bulk Cinsault blocks removed over time to make way for popular varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, only the best and most sought-after Cinsault blocks remain. Old vines like our Lone Wolf block are ideally suited to create modern wines with minimal intervention. They produce smaller bunches, lower yields and richer flavour intensity resulting in brighter, lower alcohol, less extracted wines – wines of elegance and poise. In 2017, my maiden Cape Winemakers Guild year, I paid homage to this heritage block by releasing the sought-after Inboetstorie Cinsault handpicked from this block.

With only 1 100 bottles of Lone Wolf Cinsault 2021 produced, we invite you, our Private Cellar Club and Raats Family Members to acquire this wine.

SHOP THE CASE:
THE BRUWER VINTNERS LONE WOLF CINSAULT 2021 CASE

THE CASE INCLUDES:
6 x LONE WOLF CINSAULT 2021
ONLY 1 100 BOTTLES PRODUCED

FOR R1 485,00

In celebration of our Bruwer family heritage, Gavin and I created Bruwer Vintners Vine Exploration Company in 2014. Our Guiding mission is to craft exceptional wines showcasing its heritage and the unique terroir and, through this, create a new future for South African Wine.
This wine is an expression of South Africa’s sun, soil, vines and people – a wine that genuinely celebrates its heritage and future.

Lone Wolf Cinsault 2021 is a self-assured expression from this 69-year-old vineyard. We afford this grand old vineyard its due respect by using minimal intervention viticulture techniques. Distinct and elegant with a sense of detail and structure, this wine offers drinking pleasure and seriousness for more extended ageing. The wine has a weightless intensity and concentration, unfurling in layers of cranberry and red cherry notes, with floral aromas that are underpinned by fragrant sappy spices. It is light of touch on the palate but remains concentrated with bright acidity and powdery tannins earmarked by precision, elegance and finesse.

Drink now to 2032+

BRUWER VINTNERS LONE WOLF CINSAULT 2021

What the critics said…

“Lone Wolf Cinsault is an evocative wine steeped in history. It stirs one’s emotion and senses. Taste the Future of South African Wine”

EDEN HIGH DENSITY SINGLE VINEYARD NEW VINTAGE LAUNCH

We recently launched our Eden High Density Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2019 and Chenin Blanc 2020. Our finest expression of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, and the heart of Raats Family Wines.

The Eden High Density Single Vineyard project originated from our deep passion for mastering Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, and with only 250 bottles of Cabernet Franc and 660 bottles of Chenin Blanc produced, we scrambled to fill all allocations as demand far outstripping our supply of these two now cult wines with all wines SOLD OUT.

We kicked off in Gauteng, where we entertained a select group of industry insiders and private clients in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Next up was Durban, where we hosted a private tasting in the spectacular Oyster Box Hotel, followed by tastings in the trade throughout the greater Durban area, with the grand finale of the exciting month concluded on our farm, Eden. Here we introduced the new vintages over three days to our clients and the wine media. We are grateful for the unwavering support for these iconic wines and the opportunity to reconnect with everyone on a personal level. Next up is our much anticipated European Tour, where Bruwer will share our story and new vintages with our clients in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

We look forward to sharing his journey with you on social media and in our July newsletter.

To join our member’s waiting list for next year’s Eden allocation, contact marketing@raats.co.za for assistance.

Make sure to join our Raats Private Cellar Club on our website, where limited offers of special vintages, rare wines and new releases are released to our members periodically.

Raats Private Cellar – Raats Family Wines

“True artisanal winemaking is based on intuition, sensitivity, precision and passion.”

Bruwer, Gavin and the Raats family