A productive varietal that is very resistant to drought. The Cinsaut (Cinsault) is known for producing light, fruity and heavily perfumed wines, most often as either a Rose or blended with another heartier grape (usually Carignan). Aromas and flavors of blue fruits and spices are common.
The Cinsaut calls the south of France home. It is very productive in the Languedoc and southern Rhone where it is known as the Picardan. One of the 13 varietals permitted in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Also found in Italy (as Ottanvianello), Australia (as Oeillade) and in northern Africa. Also a key player in South Africa, where with Pinot Noir it is a parent of the Pinotage grape.