Bonnievale shines light on great summer Cinsaults


BONNIEVALE WINES was singled out at the inaugural Rosé Wine and Spirit Challenge for its excellence, with The Vale Cinsault Rosé Brut and The River Collection Cinsault Rosé 2022 both winning gold.

“The latest recognition for our ‘Cinsault sisters’ is always welcome,” says Bonnievale Wines chief winemaker Marthinus Rademeyer. “Cinsault is an exceptionally versatile wine. When served chilled, brilliant enjoyment when it’s warm and sunny.”

The inaugural Rosé Challenge drew some 130 wine and spirit entries. It is organised by The Awards Show, which also administers the Lumo Awards (formerly the the SA Women’s Wine and Spirit Awards) and Vitis Vinifera Awards. Judges included Cape Wine Masters Dr Caroline Snyman and Dr Winifred Bowman.

Marthinus says the medals not only augment Bonnievale’s ever-expanding collection of accolades, “it also answers wine-lovers’ broader question: which wine should I try next?”.

Then, The Vale Cinsault Rosé Brut clinched another double gold medal at the 2022 Rosé Rocks competition, announced on Thursday 6 October – a mere month after receiving double gold at the Rosé Wine and Spirit Challenge. With the first competition hosted in 2015, Rosé Rocks is South Africa’s first dedicated rosé wine competition. The competition seeks to recognise excellence in rosé winemaking and promote the South African rosé wine category.  Read more here.

River Collection Cinsault Rosé 2022 is pure enjoyment. Bracing and dry, it’s made in the style typical of Southern France. The wine is light, aromatic and refreshing and will have you pouring a second glass faster than it takes to say magnifique! For more information about this wine, click here. The Vale Cinsault Brut Rosé is a succulent and off-dry sparkling wine for all occasions. Delicate strings of pearl-like bubbles are the allure accompanied by luscious aromas of strawberries and cherries. Wild berries characterise the palate too, which is crisp, poised and instantly seductive. Read more here.

The wines produced by Bonnievale are available countrywide and available for order from its online shop. The Vale Cinsault Brut Rosé sells for R91/bottle and The River Collection Cinsault Rosé 2022, for R66/bottle. The winery itself is on the outskirts of the town from which it derived its name, 125km due east of Cape Town.

For more information about Bonnievale Wines, visit the website, call 023 616 2795 or email [email protected]

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