Rosé Rocks! is South Africa’s first dedicated rosé wine competition that seeks to recognise excellence in SA’s rosé winemaking. From their top winners this year, I’ve selected my current favourites for the sizzling summer months ahead…
WADE BALES’ TOP ROSÉ PICKS:
GROOTE POST PINOT NOIR ROSE 2018 - ROSE ROCKS GOLD MEDAL
After whole bunch pressing the grapes to minimize tannins and maintain fruit and elegance in the wine, only the first half of pressed juice was used to minimize the extraction of colour. Rose water and strawberry cream flavours on the nose carry through to the elegant palate and soft finish.
MULDERBOSCH CAB SAUV ROSE 2018 - ROSE ROCKS DOUBLE GOLD
These Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are managed specifically with rosé production in mind. Once pressed, the juice is handled like Sauvignon Blanc, heightening the vibrant, zesty aromas and fresh mineral palate.
From its burnished copper hues to its palate of balanced, succulent fruit – this is summer in sip form.
SOUTH HILL DRY ROSE 2018 - ROSE ROCKS DOUBLE GOLD
Harvested specifically with rosé in mind, grapes are destemmed, crushed and receive just over 1 hour of skin contact. The result is an elegant rosé with a subtle pink hue. Refreshingly dry, bursts of cherry, strawberry and tropical fruit aromas are followed by a fresh, juicy palate and an enticingly clean finish.
ZEVENWACHT 7EVEN ROSE 2018 - ROSE ROCKS DOUBLE GOLD
From its delicate, salmon pink colour to the subtle aromas of rose petals, this rosé is as sublime as it is soft. Expect fresh ripe strawberries on the palate, followed by a lingering finish.
Visit Wade Bales Fine Wines and Spirits to get the best of the bunch.