Rosé has been given a bad reputation thanks to the cheap, sweet versions enjoyed by many a broke student, but the fact of the matter is that rosé is enjoying a revival around the world. And why shouldn’t it? Offering up varying shades of pink in colour and often beautifully complex on the palate, this is a wine-making method deserving of our attention.
Mike Bampfield-Duggan from Wine Concepts gives us a list of five excellent local rosés – including three made in methode cap classique – available right now:
1. Klein Optenhorst MCC Pinot Noir Brut Rosé 2013
Wellington – R185.00
Pale shell pink in colour the wine has lovely succulence and rounded flavour together with fine elegant mousse.
2. Silverthorne ‘The Genie’ MCC Brut Rosé NV
Robertson – R209.00
This wine made from Shiraz displays a perfect balance between freshness biscuity complexity. The palate delights with delicately spiced raspberry fruit.
3. Domaine des Dieux Rose of Sharon MCC Brut Rosé 2009
Hemel en Aarde – R177.00
A delicately pink hue with a lively cascading sparkle, aromas of cherries and red berries with elegant layers of finesse and decadence on the palate.
4. Karen (Eisen & Viljoen) Merlot Rosé 2013
Franschhoek – R128.00
Pale onion skin in colour the wine is entirely from Merlot and offers a delicious combination of fresh strawberry character with aromatic peach like flavours.
5. Hermit on the Hill ‘Knights in Tights’ Mourvedre Luminoir 2015
Swartland – R88.00
Knights in Tights is 100% Mouvedre wine and derives its name from being between red and rose. The wine has delicious red cherry and strawberry flavour that is refreshing, while still retaining complexity and character. Served chilled or as a red.
Mike’s boutique wine store, Wine Concepts in Newlands, Cape Town, as well its sister store on Kloof Street, is where you’ll find a vast range of carefully selected local wines and a friendly face to help advise you on what will best suit your specific celebration.