SOURCE: This Rosé was made from Shiraz grapes from a neighboring farm in the Franschhoek valley.
WEATHER: Prior to ripening, the conditions were extremely dry and hot.
HARVESTING: The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of the early morning on the 2nd March.
VINIFICATION: After de-stemming bunches, the berries were fed directly to a stainless steel tank. After 2 hours of skin contact, the juice was drained to another tank for settling overnight. The clean juice was inoculated for fermentation. Fermentation was completed two-thirds in tank and then transferred to old French oak barrels for completion. In order to retain freshness, no Malolactic fermentation was done. The wine was aged for 2 months in barrel before bottling.
Tasting & Analysis
TASTING NOTES: Upfront strawberry and red cherry on the nose is accompanied by a spicy clove finish that lingers in the glass. The wine is full bodied with an expression of fruit and intensity of tannins, but also balanced with crisp acidity and a long spicy finish.
FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: This wine can be enjoyed at any time of the day and can be partnered with a wide range of meals or snacks. It is a refreshing wine - perfect as an aperitif or with Asian food, grilled poultry and fish. Creamy cheeses such as fresh mozzarella and smoked brie interact very well with this style of wine.
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: alc. 15.40% - pH 3.59 Total acid 5.2 g/l Residual Sugar 5,4 g/l
PRODUCTION: 1 863 bottles
WINEMAKER: Marozanne Bieldt