Western Cape, South Africa
Review: This rosé of Cabernet is pretty and pink. It's dry, with nice fruity strawberries and watermelon. There are two things, though, that I don't love. The first is that the acidity is really aggressive. Perhaps when paired with some cheeses or something a touch fatty the acidity would seem more in line. The second is a vegetal note. To get a little technical, this flavor is caused by the presence of a compound called pyrazine -- most often caused by under-ripeness in the grapes. Some people really love this "green" flavor, but others see it as a fault. This rosé has some notes of green bell pepper and tomato. I can see how it could appeal to some drinkers, but it's really not my bag.
Pairing: Maybe some fried chicken -- the acidity in the wine would really cut through the grease.
Bottom Line: According to the winemaker, 2013 was a cool vintage. It seems that the grapes just didn't ripen enough for my palate. Assuming 2014 is a hotter year I would consider trying the next vintage.
- VINTAGE: 2013
- PLACE: Western Cape
- GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
- BOOZE: 13%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.9 g/l
- CELLAR: Drink now
Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Price