A selection of our top rosés

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Rose you should be drinking

With summer just around the corner, wine lovers are starting to think pink. Perfect as an apéritif, rosés tend to be more food friendly than whites, usually offering more flavour and texture.


Varieties from Mediterranean regions, such as Grenache, are perfectly suited to making rosé and they can achieve full flavour and concentration while maintaining freshness and lightness. Tavel in the Rhône Valley, for instance, is an appellation that is dedicated to rosé production; they aren't allowed to make anything else! Back home, quality South African rosés are more difficult to find. Often produced with the wrong varieties, or from grapes that didn't make it into other wines, they can lack balance and flavour.


We have selected our 3 local favourites from producers who are taking rosé seriously - a Mourvédre and a Syrah as well as a natural Pinotage from the Swartland. And 3 Europeans - two Grenaches from the Rhône and a cracker Rosato from indigenous varieties on Mount Etna!

Our selection


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Wine Vintage Region R / bottle Order
Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé
R 75
Lammershoek Sink the Pink
R 70
Waterkloof Circumstance Cape Coral
R 88
Château Pesquié Terrasses Ventoux Rosé
Rhône Valley
R 130
Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rosé
Rhône Valley
R 190
Terre Nere Etna Rosato DOC
R 195


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Tasting notes


Kleinood Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2014

The rosé that you should be drinking in volume this year! It is much drier and more savoury than previous vintages, with lots of freshness and loads of red berry fruit. Just a hint of white pepper reminds one of their elegant Tamboerskloof Syrah. Matured in large oak, there is a touch of savoury complexity and texture. Delicious summer drinking.


Lammershoek Sink the Pink 2014

Craig Hawkins has decided that this is the best wine to make from Lammershoek's Pinotage. We agree. It has a faint Pinotage aroma, but is lusciously fruity with quite a savoury finish. Picked early, it is low in alcohol with lots of acidity and yet so much flavour. This is a natural wine and it's best drunk young.


Waterkloof Circumstance Cape Coral 2014

Our favourite rosé on the market! Owned by Englishman Paul Boutinot, a lover of Bandol, this 100% Mourvédre, naturally fermented rosé is not too dissimilar to the French style. It shows lovely dried herbs, cured meat and cherry fruit. A refined, complex and structured rosé that should suit everyone's palate.


Château Pesquié Terrasses Ventoux Rosé 2013

Elegant, supple, and pure, with notions of white peach, rose and strawberry, the 2013 Ventoux Terrasses Rose is medium-bodied, lightly textured, pure and deliciously quaffable on the palate. Made from a direct press of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, it's a perfect hot summer day effort to enjoy over the coming 4-5 months. - 90 points, Wine Advocate


Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rosé 2013

The most serious of the rosés. Made from 100% Grenache on chalky gravels with clay, it shows ripe fruits, morello cherry and grenadine. The palate is quite round with a slight pithy texture, finishing with red stone fruits. This wine ages well for 3-4 years.


Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2012

The Etna Rosato from Terre Nere is made from Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Mantellato grown in vineyards ranging from 40 to 140 years of age. Subtle red cherries, earthiness, licorice, herbs and minerals are woven together with unusual grace and elegance. This mid-weight, elegant rose impresses for its complexity, length and pedigree. It is a steal for the money. - The Wine Advocate on the 2009 vintage




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