Nederburg Wine Estate is located in the Paarl Wine Appellation, not too far from the centre of the town. The Cellarmaster on the Estate is Lizelle Gerber an Award-winning winemaker. The varieties used in this wine are Grenache (67%), Carignan (33%), already making it an unusual wine. Both were harvested off Nederburg’s own vineyards in Paarl, planted in 2007 in shale soils.
Once hand harvested, the grapes make the short trip to the cellar where the two varieties were vinified separately for later blending. Minimal skin contact took place to prevent too much take up of colour. Only the free run juice was used for the fermentation which took place in stainless steel tanks. Once fermented, the wine spent three months in its gross lees to help build up mouth feel and palate weight. Once blended the wine was left on fine lees. Only plant-based products were use during the processes, making the wine suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle closed with a screw cap. The label is simple and elegant. The aromas are of blood orange, ripe white fleshed peaches with an undertow of red cherries and burnt sugar. Really sappy palate with weighty melon, cherry and prickly pear and white tropical flowers. An impressive glass, ready for drinking now.
This is really wine for all times. The Nederburg Grenache Carignan Rosé 2020 is as much a mod morning refresher, as a sundown sipper or an aperitif for a summer meal under a pergola. A perfect lunch time partner is Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Courgette, Herb and Goats Cheese Fritters. Click HERE for her recipe.
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