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Cinsault (includes 8% Darling Syrah)
Cinsault from a 41 year old dry farmed bush vine vineyard in
Darling. The vines are grown in decomposed granite on a south
facing slope which gets battered by the prevailing south east wind
off the cold Atlantic. We have worked with this vineyard since 2011
and the level of consistency and purity never ceases to amaze.
Grapes are meticulously sorted in both vineyard and winery, more
so in 2022 due to the extreme vintage. 20% of the fruit was
discarded to ensure only the best bunches were processed. 50%
whole bunch spontaneous fermentation with gentle extraction and
2 weeks on the skins. Basket pressing is followed by a year in
older foudre, amphora and old 500L barrels before bottling.
Follow the Line always displays aromatic purity, strawberries,
cherries, rose petals and violets. The 2022 vintage showcases all
of this with a little more texture and richness courtesy of the
warmer vintage. The vines adapted incredibly to the challenges
and have yielded an extremely complex wine with the
characteristic freshness of granitic soils. Follow the Line drinks
beautifully young but will age well up to 10 years.