Hermitake or Cinsault has been the workhorse of the South African industry but over the last couple of decades, its star has waned, in favour of the fancy Shiraz and its likes. This vineyard is occasionally bottled on its own and 2015 was the first of these years. It possesses great fruit of the red spectrum, earthiness and some lovely spice. The palate is delicious in its transparency of fruit flavours, fair acid grip and gentle tannins. The Ramnasgras Cinsault comes from a vineyard planted in 1956 and it’s a superb take on the variety by winemaker Adi Badenhorst. It has an almost Pinot Noir-like purity on the nose with wonderful definition and lift – Morello cherry, shortcake, a touch of orange zest and cola.