Ben says

★★★ Outstanding Wine Instantly alluring nose filled with sweet tea, blue agave, juicy plum, cranberry, and Turkish delight. Smooth, juicy and lively on the palate it’s a bright and satisfying wine that is both fresh and long in the mouth. The tannins are light and well formed. A really surprising but beautiful take on Cinsault.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Cinsault with 12.5% abv. Open fermented with wild yeasts. Small batch. 50% whole bunch and 50% destemmed. Malolactic fermentation is in old oak barrels.

Grown in: Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA.

Food Pairing

Serve it lightly chilled with Mediterranean Amberjack steak and polenta, or a quality tuna steak. It would also pair really well with lamb chops, mushrooms, or soy dishes, reflecting some of the versatility of great Pinot Noir. The spice and floral tones might also make it a good pairing with eastern Med cuisine.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted blind during a MW study session. Find in the UK for circa £10 from Tesco.

Reviewed and tasted: 09/04/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Ken Forrester is the former restaurateur that has become synonymous with top Chenin Blanc wines from his vines in and around Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, particularly those under the Helderberg Mountain. An accomplished winemaker, Forrester has made superb and reliable wines across South Africa and is a household name today. On his own estate all the grapes are hand worked and hand harvested as part of Forrester’s vision for social sustainability and better quality.