De Grendel, Rosé 2021
A fresh, pale pink, Provençal style of Rosé.
Pinotage makes up half the blend, and is used for its fruit forward flavours. Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the second half, for its structure and acidity.
Expect notes of pomegranate, cranberry and goji berries on this wine, with blood orange and pink grapefruit. There’s a brilliant crisp acidity and a good weighty finish.
A perfect drop for summer.
The season presented a cold winter and a cold spring with good rainfall and a very moderate growing period during summer. This resulted in a later-than-usual harvest and grapes were harvested 14 days later compared to 2020.
Trellised and bush vine Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon from Agter Paarl were purposefully grown to produce our high-quality Rosé. With supplemented irrigation, the well-drained vineyards planted in weathered shale soils, produced 12 tons per hectare.
Produced from 50% Pinotage, renowned for producing fine fruit-driven Rosé, and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, providing structure and acidity. Grapes were handpicked between 20°B and 22.5°B before destalking and crushing. One to two hours skin contact allows for a lighter style wine, followed by settling and racking prior to cold fermentation at 14°C.
This very pale pink wine reminds of the beautiful rose called ‘Rosa Emily Bronte’. Just like the flower, the wine is soft pink on the edges and grows to a deeper salmon colour towards the center. The nose offers notes of pomegranate, cranberries and goji berries while an impressive entry of pink grapefruit and crisp acidity is followed by a lengthy finish.
A fragrant and spicy seafood paella with chorizo, fresh mussels, clams and prawns will be an ideal food partner to complement the red berry flavours of the wine.
Try it with seafood paella or pan-fried salmon.