Rosé is one of the oldest types of wine. The soft pink colour is taken from the skin of the grapes and the intensity of the colour is dependant on the skills of the winemaker. Rosé ranges in sweetness and can be sold still, semi-sparkling or sparkling. Commonly known names for the flavouring of the wine are dry Provençal rosé, sweet White Zinfandels and blush. As a top wine producing country South Africa has its fair share of award-winning rosé wines.
Rosé Rocks is a yearly competition that celebrates the talented winemakers who are perfecting this type of wine. This year’s competition was lead by wine expert and industry legend, Allan Mullins.
About this year’s top ten wines, Allan Mullins said; “Now in its second year, the judging panel of Rosé Rocks are gratified to see a measurable improvement in the quality and styles of the wines entered. These winners represent the best examples of Rosé Wine being made in South Africa today. The South African Rosé wine industry is producing some world-class wines.”
The judging panel tasted the wines blind with no indication of vintage, wine farm or technical analysis.
The Top 10 rosé wines in South Africa for 2016
Allée Bleue Starlette Shiraz Rosé 2016
Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé 2016
Bellingham Strawberry Rosé 2016
Cavalli Pink Pony Grenache Rosé 2015
Excelsior Caitlyn Rosé 2016
Fable Mountain Vineyards Belle Flower 2014
Fish Hoek Cinsault Rosé 2016
Lace by Almenkerk Dry Rosé 2016
Painted Wolf The Den Rosé 2016
Thokozani Rosé 2015
For more information on this competition please visit roserocks.co.za