Salóme Buys-Vermeulen, the winemaker at Doornbosch, home of Lozärn Wines in the Robertson Wine Valley, after tasting a fine Chilean Carménère, decided to plant Carménère on the Estate. Once planted, it was thought at the time to be the only single vineyard Carménère in the winelands.
Carménère was one of the super six of Bordeaux grape varieties. After the phylloxera in the 19th century, Carménère was lost to Bordeaux. Interestingly another ‘forgotten grape’ of Bordeaux, Malbec found its way to Argentina, where it is a huge success. Similarly, Carménère found its way to Chile to find new favour there.
Made by drawing pink juice off Carménère, known as saignée [bleeding], the result is a greater ratio of skin to juice and greater intensity in the red wine made from the remainder.
Today, as Autumn comes to an end, and we get into Winter, I would advise you not to pack away your Rosés until Spring. A premium Rosé like this one is perfect for winter lunches, as a glass on its own, or as an aperitif.
From a clear glass Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. A nod to Carménère’s origin and the cork as a token that Salóme Buys-Vermeulen takes the wine seriously. In the glass, the wine is a vibrant cherry blossom pink. The aromas are of spun sugar, desiccated strawberries and red apples. The palate picks up the on the aromas, and has, from entry an enchanting line of fruit acidity which run through to the long and satisfying aftertaste. The mid palate is generous with its bright red berry fruit.
The Lozärn Carménère Rosé 2019 is a serious Rosé and while a great glass on its own, it goes perfectly with a dish of steamed prawns with aioli. Excellent also with smoked chicken or fish like Snoek or Angelfish. One of the prettiest dishes I have seen for a long time is Dianne Bibby’s Chinese Mandarin Chicken Tray Bake. So delicious too. Click HERE for her recipe.
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