For an early taste of spring and the 2010 vintage in South Africa, we recommend trying Rosalind Pinotage Rosé 2010 from Painted Wolf Wines; the latest rosé to join our pack. The wine comes from husband-and-wife team Jeremy and Emma Borg who founded the Painted Wolf Wine Company in 2007. Their main focus is on pinotage and Rhône varietals sourced largely from low-yielding unirrigated vines in Paarl and Swartland.

 

The Borgs put great energy into wildlife conservation and the company name and wine range reflect their affection and support for the African Wild Dog, or Painted Wolf, through Tusk Trust (www.tusk.org). Grapes for this wine come from growers Ros and Pete Koch and it is Ros who sketched the charming Painted Wolf pup on the label which takes Rosalind’s name.

 

Pale Pink in colour, this is a delightful, dry, flavoury wine similar in style to a southern French rosé. With subtle summer-berry and peach aromas and an elegant minerality to the flavours, it would be lovely with a bowl of mussels cooked with a little chilli and garlic or a salad of roasted pepper and grilled goat’s cheese.