brighter color than most of the heavier red wines, sweet,
soft taste --strawberry-cherry fruit character, spice on
bistro fair, creamy blue cheese, strawberries, Mediterranean
Languedoc-Roussillon, France, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon
Musar (Lebanon), Ostuni Ottavianello, Cinsaut, Dry Creek
has many synonyms, of which perhaps the most confusing is its
sale as a table grape called 'Oeillade', although it is different
from the "true" Oeillade which is no longer cultivated. In South
Africa, it was known as "Hermitage", hence the name of its most
famous cross Pinotage.
appears to be an ancient variety that may have originated in
the Herault, but could equally have been brought by traders
from the eastern Mediterranean.
is popular in Algeria for its drought resistance, and is used
to make large volumes of wine.
is grown under a variety of names such as Black Prince, Blue
Imperial, Oeillade and Ulliade
is the fourth most widely-planted grape variety in France, and
is especially important in Languedoc-Roussillon.
Known as Ottavianello,
there is one tiny DOC devoted to Cinsaut - Ostuni Ottavianello,
with a total production of less than 1000 cases. However, Cinsaut has long been
used in Puglian blends, and has begun to attract the attention
of winemakers interested in reviving old varieties.
is an important component in the blend of Lebanon's most famous
wine, Chateau Musar.
As in Algeria,
Cinsaut is popular in Morocco for its drought resistance.
A lot of
Cinsaut is grown in South Africa much of which is blended with
Cabernet Sauvignon. It holds a special place
in the country's viticulture along side Pinot Noir as one of the parents of Pinotage.
is planted in California as Black Malvoisie.
can produce heavy crops, but wines are much better if yields
are controlled. Cinsaut is very drought resistant but can be
susceptible to disease, so appreciates a dry climate. It produces
large cylindrical bunches of black grapes with fairly thick
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