Force Celeste Cinsault, Mother Rock

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Force Celeste Cinsault, 2020, Mother Rock

A funky wild cherry and cranberry juice bomb

Region: Swartland, South Africa
Grape(s): Cinsault
Genre: Organic (in mindset, not stamp)
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Red cherries, cranberry, sour plum, damson

Mother Rock is a winery established by Johan Meyer, in collaboration with London-based wine importer Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wine – who we must thank for supplying many of our wines here at NAW. As a star in the new wave of South African low intervention wine makers, Johan was able to purchase fruit from organically farmed vineyards, in order to create inexpensive yet high quality wines for his Force Celeste line. The success of this led to an expansion to ‘Mother Rock’ and ‘JH Meyer’ wines, all from bought grapes highlighting exceptional parcels of South Africa’s diverse terroir; recently Johan has purchased some vines of his own and hopes that the 2023 vintage will produce good enough fruit for him to bottle his own wines.

Cinsault comes from organically farmed 30 year old bush vines on granitic soils, in Malmesbury, southern Swartland. Hard-harvested grapes are fermented as whole bunches for two weeks in stainless steel and then aged on the lees in steel for seven months before being racked into bottles without filtration or fining and with minimal SO2. A juicy and funky red with a little volatile acidity that’s well-integrated and provides lots of energy, together with sour red fruits and a little earthiness.