Fable Mountain Belle Flower Rosé 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad – 10.01.2017

Fable Mountain Vineyards Belle Flower 2015

As always, the wines from Fable Mountain, continue to delight.  The Fable Mountain Belle Flower Rosé 2015 is on the shelves at the moment and you really should try and land bottle. Preferably two or three.

A blend of 57% Grenache Noir and 43% Syrah, the grapes come from the ultra-fashionable Swartland Wine Appellation. A typical Rosé in the style of Provence.  The grapes are picked specifically for the making of this wine and the batches are vinified separately for later blending.

Concrete Egg-shaped Fermenter

The grapes are whole bunch pressed, before being settled and racked into concrete eggs and neutral oak barrels where they undergo a natural fermentation. All the different batches of fruit are kept separate for later blending.  After undergoing malolactic fermentation, the wine stays on the lees in the concrete eggs and in neutral French oak barrels for 12-18 months before being blended and bottled. The exciting thing about this wine is that it will age well and the flavours will just get broader and smother as time passes.

Tremayne Smith, Fable Mountains Winemaker

It looks like
Bottle in a Burgundy Shaped bottle with pink screwcap and the elegant Fable Mountain etching on a pink label.  In the glass, the wine is gem bright like a fine pink diamond.

It smells like
Wild frais des bois, pink rose whiffs.

It tastes like
The wild strawberries carry through on to the palate. Rich piel de sabo melon feel in the creamy and layered mid palate. Sweet brown spices in undertow. Crisp and fresh ending.

Dianne Bibby’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad

It’s good with
A wine like this is always just great on its own.  As a mid-morning or early evening refresher, and is wonderful with food. Nothing more perfect that Dianne Bibby’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad. Click here for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby

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