Durbanville Hills is the place of my youth and I spent many a summer afternoon riding up and down past the farms on my large flat-tyred Raleigh peddle bike to play with friends. I knew then already that from a wine point of view, that the valley was up amongst the top wine producers in the Cape. Today, Durbanville Hills is a cutting edge modern winery with Martin Moore the founding Cellarmaster and his talented team producing some fine ranges from grapes produced by the 9-member wine grape suppliers. While they are serious about what they do, they also have a bit of fun and the Durbanville Hills Dry Merlot Rosé 2017 is pure fun – a wine of the time, so perfect for the summery dishes and early autumn foods.’
Martin Moore, the founding Cellarmaster
Climatic conditions here in the Durbanville Hills are ideal for grape growing, as the grapes ripen more slowly in a cooler region. This, combined with excellent canopy management techniques by the farmers, builds both flavour and intensity in the final wine. In all its vineyards, the growing practices prescribed by IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) are followed. These are designed to sustain natural resources. In addition, the members protect 320 ha of endangered Renosterveld.
The grapes for the Durbanville Hills Merlot Dry Rosé 2017 were harvested by hand and allowed four hours of skin contact where after the free-run juice was drained to the settling tank. Over a two-day period, the juice was allowed to settle until clear. After racking, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks over a two-week period before the wine was prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Packed in a clear glass Bordeaux shaped bottle under screw cap, with the elegant lozenge shape label. In the glass, it is a glorious watermelon and strawberry coloured wine.
It smells like
Floral like pink roses, red berries.
It tastes like
Fresh and crisp and dry from entry. Chunky watermelon, ripe strawberries and the wonderful soft acidity of raspberries. Good gently waning aftertaste.
It’s good with
Excellent as a glass on its own as a mid-morning refresher, or watching the sun go down. Diane Bibby’s Roasted Figs with Gorgonzola Cream are perfect as part of a brunch table. Click here for her recipe.
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