Panel discussion and tasting of SA’s most exciting variety to be streamed live on 22 September. Cinsaut is on the charge! This forgotten ‘workhorse’ grape stars in one of the…

Panel discussion and tasting of SA’s most exciting variety to be streamed live on 22 September.

Cinsaut is on the charge! This forgotten ‘workhorse’ grape stars in one of the most fascinating stories fuelling the current South African wine revolution. Not only can it produce aromatic, fresh and elegant wines, but legendary bottlings from the 1970s have proven its ageability too. It’s little wonder, then, that Master of Wine Tim Atkin counts it amongst SA’s most exciting varieties. Join 3 of the world’s top sommeliers, South Africa’s most famous winemaker, and other high-profile Cinsaut fanatics in a tasting and discussion about Cinsaut and its future. The #TalkingCinsaut panel discussion will be hosted by Wine Cellar and WOSA on 22 September at Auslese in Cape Town and will be streamed live on Facebook from 15:30 to 17:00 SAST.

In South Africa to judge the WOSA Sommelier Cup, the tasting panel will include James Tidwell, Master Sommelier – Beverage Manager with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Co-Founder of TEXSOM; Will Predhomme – Canada’s most respected sommelier; Ronan Sayburn, Master Sommelier – COO for the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe and Head of Wines for the private members club 67 Pall Mall; Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines; Ryan Mostert of Silwervis; and David Clarke and Higgo Jacobs of the South African Sommeliers Association. The panel will also include Director of Wine Cellar, Roland Peens – a self-confessed Cinsaut addict.

Roland Peens of Wine Cellar comments:

‘Many of the legendary reds from the ‘60s and ‘70s contained a significant portion of Cinsaut. Chateau Libertas, Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto Rouge and Rustenburg Dry Red were all made to be consumed young, but their Cinsaut infusion could actually have enabled them to age with grace for decades. The revival is now well underway; Cinsaut could be South Africa’s trump card.’

Visit Wine Cellar’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WineCellarCoZa) and join the live discussion on Thursday, 22 September from 15:30 to 17:00 SAST.

For more information on the WOSA Sommelier Cup competition and the final competition day on 23 September, 2016, visit, www.wosasommeliercup.co.za (#CAPESomm @WOSA_ZA).

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