2007 d'Arenberg The Cenosilicaphobic Cat Sagrantino Cinsault

If there was ever to be a quirky blend, it would come from d'Arenberg and one Chester Osborn. This union of Sagrantino - an indigenous red variety from Umbria - and Cinsault - a red variety whose stronghold is Languedoc - brings some serious funk to the table. The winery's first attempt at Sagrantino blended with Cinsault vines dating back to 1958.

The name refers to the fear of an empty glass, a misfortune that may have affected us all at times. In truth, it is a label dedicated to a particular winery cat who had a penchant for the red juice. Once its predilection was discovered, it was back to more conventional forms of thirst quenching
 for the frustrated moggie. 

Dark purple with rose hues visually. Sweet bark and smokey aromas with earthy black fruit flavours of the Sagrantino. 
Fragrant violets and herbal tea aromas add plenty of allure and interest.

Dry herbs and black currant fruit attack the palate on entry. Bright acid keeps things tight across the mid-palate. Integrated oak from eighteen months in new and old barriques, dark chocolate-coated cherries and dusty mineral tones. A long smooth savoury finish bolstered by grippy, chalky tannins. Think Shiraz Viognier as a comparison but out there.

This is not a big ballsy wine but a mid-weight that has held its own well over the journey. Sagrantino-dominant rustic flavours with some Cinsault perfume. One of a kind from one of a kind.

A 2009 vintage is now available for purchase from the d'Arenberg website.

Source: Retail Purchase. Alcohol: 14.5%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $25.00. Rating: 89 Points.

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