NATIONAL ROSÉ DAY IS UPON US ON JUNE 12TH. I HAVE BEEN TASTING A FEW IN ADVANCE FOR YOU TO LAND A BOTTLE OR TWO…

International Rosé Day

Rosé is such a popular wine nowadays, especially as winemakers are now producing fine dry rosés with lots of flavour, and also using more classical methods rather than simply blending a white wine with a red wine. National Rosé Day gives us a reminder that there are some great Rosés out there.

Here are a few which we have tasted recently…

De Grendel Rosé 2020

Packed in a clear glass bottle showing off its inviting cherry blossom pink. Aromas are of spun sugar and freshly picked fraises des bois. The palate is rich and generous. Granadilla, ripe litchis, crisp raspberries combine with that lovely pink grapefruit skin bitterness. Full flavours in the long and satisfying after taste.

Charles Hopkins, De Grendel’s Founding Winemaker

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Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2020

Made by Morné Vrey and his team. Cabernet Franc is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon and has wonderful fruit and a beguiling herbaceousness. This beautifully tinted Rosé comes in clear glass to show off its coral pinkness. Lovely fruit aromas and flavours, fraises de bois, blackcurrants and pink spun sugar. Sappy, crisp and dry.

Morné Vrey in the Delaire Graff Vineyards

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De Wetshof Lilya 2021

Named for his niece by De Wetshof Family Winemaker, Peter de Wet, the Lilya Rosé has an off pink colour, the Californians call partridge eye. This wine is made by the classical method of bleeding juice off red wine grapes before the winemaking process starts. Wonderful floral aromas lead to a well-balanced palate, fresh with flavours of red berries, spiced plums and white fleshed peaches. Satisfying aftertaste.

De Wetshof Winemaker, family member Peter de Wet

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Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé 2019

Packed in a clear glass screw capped bottle. The wine is a charming rose pink and has aromas of strawberries, rose petals and pomegranate arils. The flavours in the dry wine are of ripe berries and cherries and white fleshed peaches. The ending is of sweet berry fruit.

Kobus Gerber, White Wine Specialist at Durbanville Hills

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Groot Constantia Cap Classique Brut Rosé 2017

Made in the classical Champagne method, known as Cap Classique in South Africa. Beautiful light salmon pink. In the glass there is what the Champenoise call a ‘mousse’, thousands of the tiniest of bubbles rising to the surface and formin a crown round the edges. Lovely presence of fruit and lemon rind on the nose and the palate is kept alive by the bubbles. Yeasty fresh baked brioche with a crisp acidity are in the clean dry aftertaste.

Boela Gerber, Groot Constantia Winemaker

Read more about Groot Constantia Durbanville Hills Wines and hospitality offerings – CLICK HERE

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