Made from old vine cinsault, shiraz and grenache.
Vineyards and vines: The grapes for this wine are grown by us on Kalmoesfontein in Swartland in granite soils. The Grenache vines were planted in 1951 the Cinsault in 1957, which make them some of the oldest vines in the country.
Grapes: Cinsault, Shiraz and Grenache Noir
Vinification: The Cinsault and Grenache grapes were picked early in the morning and the whole bunches were transferred to the press and pressed slowly so as not extract too much colour. The Shiraz juice was allowed 4 hours of skin contact before it was pressed. The juices were blended and naturally fermented in tank.
Maturation: We have made only 900 cases of this wine and it’s now ready to drink. It was clarified naturally with a rough filtration was minimal so it my throw a slight deposit over time which of course is harmless.
Alcohol 13.3 vol%
Residual Sugar 3.4 g/L
Total Acidity (Tartaric) 5.6 g/L tartaric
Total sulphur 87 ppm
South African tastes French!
Posted by Keith on 5th Jan 2016
My first South African rosé. I was hoping this rosé would be a cut above the rest but it's sitting right in the middle of the branch. Perfect for a scorcher of a Boxing Day though.
Loads of fruit without being sweet. Strawberries, cherries and peaches on the nose. The first sip when poured was very vanilla which was unusual but then settled down to more traditional French rosé characters. Plenty of acid to balance the fruit. I'd definitely drink more.
Pretty damn good!
Posted by Barry Littlewood on 5th Jan 2016
This rose was a surprise, with more "grip" and a brighter flavour than many a French rose.