Two gems from Ross Sleet, With Love from The Cape…

Ross Sleet of Rascallion Wines, on the Great Wall of China

Ross Sleet is a wine person through and through. His hugely successful Rascallion Wine Range is a fine example of taking a brilliant wine and marketing it well, albeit in a different way.

This range, With Love from the Cape, is not only typical of the variety it represents, but also with a high quality to price ratio. Makes the ideal gift for friends and family in other parts of the country and also to pop a couple of bottles in your bag when you go travelling.

With Love from The Cape: Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Made from grapes sourced by Ross Sleet from the Darling Durbanville and Stellenbosch Wine Appellations. Picked early while the vineyards were still cool. After destalking and crushing, the juice lay with the skins for three hours before gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Sauvignon Blanc Grapes, ripening on the vine

From a clear glass Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is quirky and fun. In the glass a pale golden straw with lime green flashes. The aromas a true to variety with freshly mown grass, figs and asparagus note. The palate from entry is vibrant with a line of Sauvignon Blanc fruit acidity running through until into the aftertaste. Those of us who sucked little round river stones as children with pick up the lovely mineral character of the end note. An elegant glass made for now drinking.

Marinated Salmon Trout with lime & pink peppercorns – CLICK

The With Love from The Cape: Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is good as a glass on its own, as a mid-morning refresher and a sundown sipper. Perfect as an aperitif and leading into what’s on for supper. A plate of Marinated Salmon Trout, a food Fish Soup, a gentle prawn curry, or a tranche of a SASSI friendly fish like Hake, simply panfried in butter with lemon and parsley. Using sea salt adds to the fresh seaside flavours.

With Love from The Cape: Pinotage Rosé 2019

Made from Pinotage grapes grown on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain and Riebeek Kasteel. Harvested early while the vineyards were still cool, the grapes were destalked and crushed straight into the press to prevent too much colour leeching into t juice from the skins. The juice was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks.

Pinotage grapes in the hands of the harvester

From a clear glass Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label, like all the wines in this range is amusing and show the relaxed atmosphere of the Cape. In the glass, the wine is a soft coral pink. The aromas are of aromatic purple and red flowers, and the usual excess of brilliant red berry fruits and plums. Gentle entry with the thread of fruit acidity running through to the ending. Lovely mid palate, generously fruited. Summer stuff from an ice bucket.

Avocado Ritz by Allida Ryder – CLICK

Like the Sauvignon Blanc above, the With Love from The Cape: Pinotage Rosé 2019, is an anytime wine. It has great appeal and with sushi, ceviche or a retro 1960s Prawn & Avocado Cocktail. Gosh, how we loved those Avocado Ritz cocktails served at the Café Royale at the top end of Cape Town. Wonder if Ross Sleet ever dined there? Maybe as a little boy….

Read more about With Love from the Cape and Rascallion Wines – CLICK HERE


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