Saturday, August 31, 2013

DMZ Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

DeMorgenzen DMZ Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2013
Western Cape, South Africa

This is the second rosé from South Africa I've had this season. This one is quite a bit more interesting than the last, and I can absolutely see the appeal. That being said, it's just not to my taste.

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.

Wine Geekery:
  • 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

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