Our small block of Mourvèdre (moor-vey-druh) has been through a lot. After struggling for years with an over-vigorous canopy, we made the tough decision to remove every other vine in 2009. This gave the wild and energetic varietal more space on the cordon and better balance between growth and fruiting. While in recovery, we have for several years begrudgingly blended away our Mourvèdre with other wines, biding our time until the vineyard was deemed to meet our standards and produce unique and memorable wine.
Following a dry winter in 2012, the summer and harvest season was cool and humid with little rain. Slow ripening resulted in high natural acidity and ripe flavours. For the first time in years, the vineyard spoke to us and we are hugely excited about our maiden vintage rosé as a result!
Mourvèdre has traditionally been used for the production of high quality rosé wines in Provence. It was therefore a natural step to use our estate vineyard and try it for ourselves. We have always enjoyed adding a bit of Mourvèdre to our Syrah for its spicy & earthy flavours.
This rosé stands out with a beautiful salmon pink color and a bit of orange peel on the rim. The wine elicits aromas of Turkish delight, strawberries, watermelon, and black currant. It has a crisp, dry finish and is perfect alongside the braai. Serve slightly chilled, at 11-12°C.