For me, the best news recently in the winelands was that Van Loveren Wines has taken over the Zandvliet Wine Estate Portfolio. Zandvliet, in the Robertson Wine Appellation, has been flying below the radar of late, quite unjustly as the wines are of the finest, going back to the first bottle estate Shiraz way back when. For the new Zandvliet Estate Shiraz Rosé, the grapes are farmed in such a way that they are able to produce an exciting premium Rosé. The vineyard which is the provenance of the grapes for this wine lies on a gentle, south-facing slope in rocky, chalk-rich soils that underscore all Zandvliet’s premier wines. Proof of its stature the wine was awarded a Double Gold Medal at Rosé Rocks, the dedicated championship for South African Rosé Wines
“From the start, we were determined to create a wine that reflected the history of Zandvliet and its long heritage with Shiraz,” says winemaker Jacques Cilliers, who has been with Zandvliet since 2012. “We also wanted it to be a tribute to the unique characters who have shaped its story. We like to think of the long romance between Zandvliet and Shiraz having culminated this year in this ‘pink-feet’ rosé,” he adds. Jacques notes that the growing season that produced the grapes was characterised by a moderate summer with cooling south-easterly breezes, low night temperatures and a cold winter.
From a clear glass Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label has an enchanting brush painting of a full blown rose, in more or less the same pink gold colour. In the glass, the wine has an enchanting pink colour, a bit like cherry blossoms. There is a refreshing golden thread of acidity running through the wine from entry to the long crisp and floral ending. The mid palate is rich and generous in its red berry, cherry and plum fruit. A true Summer drink now wine.
The Zandvliet Estate Shiraz Rosé should be well chilled before serving. Excellent as a mid-morning refresher or with an al fresco lunch. Perhaps the best partner would be a crisp lettuce salad with a Caesar dressing, with little nuggets of blue cheese, slice of ripe pear and walnuts. Or Ina Paarman’s Black Mushrooms with Basil Pesto. Click HERE for her recipe.
Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé sells for around R85.00 and is available from the farm and selected wine retailers countrywide. Zandvliet Wine Estate is located near the village of Ashton, off the R60.
For more information, visit www.zandvliet.co.za