Force Majeure Cinsault 2018

So did I do any panic buying for the 21 day  (now extended by 2 additional weeks) lockdown?

I thought I could hold out and resist...but Exanimo Wines offering their wines to the public led me straight into temptation with this JH Meyer wine.

The Wine:

Hazy medium ruby in colour with a medium nose of sour cherries, balsamic, raspberries, musk, rose petals, cola and olives.

Dry, high acid, medium body, chalky medium tannins that are almost chewable, medium+ finish. Sour cherries, savoury saltiness and balsamic on the palate. This is unashamedly natural wine.

Vini + Viti:

Made from old dry farmed Swartland bush vines grown on granite/ferricrete soils.

100% whole bunch fermented, spending 10 weeks on skins before being pressed into stainless for 7 months. There’s no kak. No added sulphur, yeast, acid, enzymes were added. And no fining or filtration.


Balance (½) + Length (½) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (1) = A  good wine.

Drink now, not suitable for further ageing.

Final Thoughts:

Fair warning - if you don't like 'natural wines', this wine is not for you. It took me a moment to adjust my tastebuds to the tartness of the sour fruits. I also had to dig deep to explore the nose and palate. But once I did, I really enjoyed this wine. I'm a big fan of Johan Meyer's wines: his Mother Rock and JH Meyer Signature Wines wines are permanent features on my wine shelves. Permanent only because I keep drinking and replacing them!

Tasted on day 3 of lockdown, a Root Day according to the Biodynamic Calendar for the SH.

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