Cinsault is a marvellous yet under-appreciated grape. Its ability to cope with heat and drought and a tendency for large yields made it historically very popular in the south of France. However, it came to be thought of us a poor option, only useful for cheap bulk wine. Yet old vines, low yields and skilled winemaking can make for delicious wines, and no longer just in the south of France but the world over, excitingly so in parts of South Africa.
Where Cinsault remains a stalwart though is in producing Provençal rosé, so popular during a British summer.