Fram Cinsault 2017

South African Cinsault in Old World mode. Being Hungarian, to me this looks like a Mediterranean version of our Kadarka wines – a pale, light red that’s easy to drink and love.

Sage and mint notes lend a savoury character to the wine, and make me think  of whole bunch inclusion in the fermentation – just a bit less of it would be my preference. Red, sour hard candy notes are the foundation of the aromatics, it’s quite pretty. Lean and light on the palate, it’s crisp acidity makes it somewhat sharp, but time in bottle can resolve that; the slight grip of tannins on the finish is spot on. Not complex, but pure and effortless, with a nod towards Burgundy perhaps. And by the way, one of the few SA reds that does not smell burnt rubber.

Rating: good to very good, 87 points. 
Price: 16,52 €.
Stockist: Wein-Deko.
Tasted: August, 2020.
Value: not a re-buy, but worth trying as it’s quite interesting. Rather for acid lovers.
Drinking window: 2021 – 2023.
Source: own purchase.