Producer: Storm Point Wines
Region: Western Cape
Country: South Africa
Grapes: Cinsault, Syrah, and Carignan
Medium Body, Easygoing
Stewed Fruits, Red berries, Wild Herbs, fresh acidity
Pairings: Indian takeout, burgers, grilled pork chops
A killer South African blend! Younger vines mean this blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan is a fresher, more vibrant expression of these grapes’ usually hearty tendency. “It’s crushable and food friendly,” according to Spoke Wine Bar's Liz Mann. “Not without complexity, but it’s certainly easy to drink on its own.” Luscious red and purple berry fruit jump out on the nose and continue on the palate, with a bright line of acidity throughout and a lacy, fine herbal spice on the finish. Fine tannic structure gives this wine a serious edge despite its core of juicy fruit. Mann suggests pairing this blend with tacos or Indian food. “Anything with a little spice would be delightful,” she said.