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The grapes for the Erika Obermeyer Flabbergast Cinsault 2018 were harvested from a 22 year old dryland farmed bush vine in Agter Paarl, planted on Malmesbury Shale. Destemmed and crushed with about 70% whole berry. Fermented in stainless steel with 2-3 pump-overs per day. 50% matured in 2nd–4th fill 500-litre French oak barrels for 12 months, 50% unoaked, matured in concrete egg. Bottled at 13%.
Nose: Fleshy and ripe with sweet strawberry compote, red fruits and sour cherries. Subtle hints of black olives and spice add extra intrigue.
Palate: The palate delivers a fresh fruited, bright vibrancy, discreet tannins.
Finish: A pure and focused finish.
Erika Obermeyer graduated with a BSc and BSc Honours in Wine Biotechnology in 1998 and was appointed as Assistant Winemaker at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch in 1999. In 2005 she accepted a winemaker position at Graham Beck Wines achieving the position of Cellar Master of Still Wines. In 2016 Erika decided to go it alone and established Erika O Wines, a boutique winery specifically aimed at producing small batches of hand-crafted, distinctive and terroir specific wines from selected vineyards across the Western Cape winelands.