Silwervis Cinsault 2016
A Wine That
tastes like a single, perfect cranberry just exploded on your tongue. After a few seconds, the cranberry is joined by all sorts of savoury elements; pencil lead, fennel and salted liquorice. The texture is so gentle here, there's almost no tannin. Instead the wine has a juicy feel with a subtle super fine earthy texture.
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- Winemaker: Silwervis
Where & How?
The Cinsault grapes came from a single vineyard located on a ridge, where the decomposed granite soils of the Paardeberg begin to meet the slate soils that lie to the north of the Swartland.
The whole bunch fermentation was done in stainless steel tanks. By hand, the grapes were slowly crushed over a two-week period to release the fermenting juice very gently. The juice was then put in a concrete egg where it slept for 12 months, followed by another 12 months in stainless steel again.
Neither Ryan, a Zimbabwean, nor Samantha, from the UK, came from a family background of wine. Their story is one of those magical chance happenings, that led them to become who they are today: two of the brightest young sparks of South African wine. In his early 20s, Ryan often travelled to Basel, Switzerland, with his little brother for medical treatment. It was here of all places where he came across a wine bar that specialised in Piemonte. Ryan thinks back fondly saying,
"that's when I realised there was something really special about wine - you could work with the land in a way that has deep meaning. Something started stirring in my mind."
Next thing he knew, he had ditched working in the Zimbabwean tobacco industry, and through the help of friends found himself in Piemonte learning about winemaking. Ryan and Samantha, already friends, happened to bump into each other in Rome by coincidence, and started dating. They went to South Africa in 2008, as Ryan wanted to show Africa to Samantha. The trip was both intended as a holiday, but also to learn about wine, as the two had already fallen in love with the industry. As Samantha said,
"On that trip, we just got the sense that something incredible was possible there. We loved Italy, but it was very expensive for young people with no connections."
That was that. They finished their studies, moved to South Africa with no plan, just two backpacks between them, living on the road for many weeks. Four years later, they started their own winery, and today, they are considered two of the most talented young winemakers of the Swartland. All of their vineyards are tended organically, some by the farmers who own them, and others leased by the couple.