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Cinsaut

Cinsaut is a red grape variety with a long history in South-Western Europe. It is also known as Cinsault, Hermitage and as Black Malvoisie.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Cinsaut grapes are small, dark-skinned and intensely coloured. The wines have aromas of red fruits and spices, and a light-bodied, soft and slightly tart flavour profile.

Fresh Cinsaut grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Cinsaut is mainly grown in France and Algeria, but also in the Languedoc region of Spain, in Lebanon and Tunisia. It is also grown in California, Australia, South Africa and Chile. Cinsaut is a hardy variety that can withstand drought and can thrive in hot climates. It is usually blended with other varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre. The grapes are harvested in late summer and used to produce light-bodied, soft red wines with high acidity. In France, Cinsaut is blended with Grenache and Syrah to make the classic red wines of the Southern Rhône Valley. In Algeria and Tunisia, Cinsaut is used to make light-bodied rosés. In California, it is blended with Zinfandel and Carignan to make full-bodied red wines. Cinsaut wines are best served with light, simple dishes such as grilled vegetables, salads and fish. They can also be paired with spicy dishes such as curries.

Foods to pair with Cinsaut:

Pasta
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Cinsaut
Cinsaut is believed to be one of the parents of Grenache, which is why it is often blended with Grenache in the Southern Rhône Valley.

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Rotem & Mounir Saouma's Inopia Rouge is a captivating wine that showcases the expertise of its producers. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this wine is a true gem. The vineyard features old vines, which contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process is meticulous, with a focus on traditional methods and minimal intervention. Inopia Rouge is a wine that exudes elegance and finesse. It boasts a rich and complex flavor profile, with notes of dark fruits, spices, and a hint of earthiness. This wine is a perfect representation of the unique terroir and the passion of its producers.
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Pinord Priorat Clos del Mas is a captivating and prestigious wine from the renowned Pinord winery, located in the heart of Spain's Priorat region. This area is celebrated for its unique terroir, characterized by its licorella (slate) soils and a dry, hot climate, which contribute significantly to the intensity and minerality of the wines. Pinord, a family-owned winery with a deep commitment to organic and biodynamic viticulture, harnesses these natural conditions to produce wines of extraordinary depth and character. Clos del Mas is a testament to their expertise, showcasing the full potential of Priorat's traditional grape varieties.
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Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot Les Fontanilles Minervois is a remarkable wine from the Minervois appellation in France. This wine is crafted by a renowned producer known for their expertise in winemaking. The vineyard where the grapes are grown boasts exceptional features, including ideal soil composition and optimal sun exposure. The winemaking process involves careful selection and hand-harvesting of the grapes, followed by a meticulous fermentation and aging process. The resulting wine is characterized by its elegant style, showcasing a harmonious balance of flavors and aromas. With its impressive quality and craftsmanship, Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot Les Fontanilles Minervois is a must-try for wine enthusiasts seeking a refined and delightful experience.
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Bosman Family Vineyards

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Bosman Family Vineyards Twyfeling Cinsaut is a premium wine that showcases the expertise of the renowned Bosman Family Vineyards. This wine is produced in the Western Cape region of South Africa, which is known for its exceptional vineyards. The Twyfeling vineyard, where the grapes for this wine are grown, is situated on the slopes of the Waaihoek Mountains, which provides ideal conditions for the cultivation of Cinsaut grapes. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is a beautiful expression of the Cinsaut grape, with a delicate balance of fruit and acidity.
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