Ros Pinotage Rosé 2017


W.O. Paarl

Cultivar(s):Pinotage 100%
Analysis: Alc: 12.7% | R.S: 2.9g/l | T.A: 6.1g/l | Ph: 3.48

The story of this wine

In the past vintages the grapes were sourced from Southern Cross vineyard, from our Painted Wolf pack members Ros and Pete Koch. This year we harvested their grapes for red wine, and subsequently sourced grapes for this rosé elsewhere. The illustration is by Ros.

Tasting notes

A bright fruity wine with strawberry, cherry and cranberry flavours, a gentle underlying minerality and a fresh lingering finish.

Food suggestions

A superb multitasker. Especially good with peri peri prawn, Greek style lemon chicken, ratatouille, calamari, fish and chips, meze, tapas and just about anything else delicious and garlicy.

The vineyard

Pinotage grapes were sourced from a number of block of older vines on Leeuwenkuil farm in Paarl.

Winemaking

I set out to make the most delicious and compelling dry rosé from Pinotage. The grapes are hand harvested into small baskets and taken to the cellar where they were destalked, gently crushed, and cooled before being left on skins for roughly 4 hours. Juice was then drawn off the skins and cold fermented in tank for this saigneé rosé.

Ageing potential

This wine is delicious as a young wine but will gain complexity and interest with a couple of years of bottle aging.