Ros Pinotage Rosé 2017


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W.O. Paarl

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

Awards & accolades

Top 100  – National Wine Challenge/Top100 wines 2017Silver – International Wine Challenge 20174 stars – Platter

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.

THE DEN

A social wine to be enjoyed with friends and family. Named for THE DEN, the heart of the Wild Dog community. Flavour packed, soft and juicy comfort wines for every day drinking.

PELOTON

A pack of Wild Dogs and a pack of cyclists share the same goal. Whether it is food for the pack or the end of a long road, what remains is the bond between pack members and the ability to unwind and enjoy the company. Company made all the more enjoyable by sharing a good wine, a love of wide open spaces and the Wild Dogs who roam them.

THE PACK

High quality wines carefully hand crafted from our 3 Pack members’ grapes including a number of single vineyard wines named after the vineyard owners.

PICTUS

Named after Lycaon Pictus, the scientific name for Painted Wolf. Each edition of this deluxe Rhone style blend is as rare and beautiful as the Wild Dogs we support. Each year we choose a painting from one of our pack artists to feature on the label and each year we match estimated Wild Dog numbers with the number of bottle we produce. In most cases, the original painting is sold at auction with proceeds donated to wild dog research and conservation.

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