In fact, in France, where they know about these things, rose wine sales outstrip sales of white wines.
Rose used to be a byword for bubblegum confections of sickly cheapo wine.
Not any more, it’s a decent type of wine in its own right, despite the girly image it has here in South Africa.
Here’s a Top 10 pick from Neil Pendock – blind tasted and chosen together with Anibal Coutinho. As you can read from the notes, plenty of variety and taste profiles.
Pendock’s Top Ten Terroir Rosés
- Allesverloren 2012 from the Swartland. Toasty leesy character with super spice.
- Arabella Pink Panacea 2012 from Robertson. Dusty greenpepper, fresh cherries and veggies, firm and vibrant palate.
- Beaumont Raoul’s 2012from Bot River. Floral nose leading to Strawberries and cream.
- Delheim Rosé 2012 from Stellenbosch. Cherries and plums, green banana with a touch of lime.
- Gabrielskloof Rosebud 2012 from Bot River. Floral spicy nose and those sweet strawberry pastries.
- Holden Manz 2012 from Franschhoek. Provence-style: rich strawberries, fine berries.
- Mellasat 2012 from Paarl. Onion skin colour, tangy mulberries, peach skin and toast.
- Overhex Balance 2012 from Worcester. Creamy strawberries, candied fruit and citrus zest.
- Pulpit Rock 2012 from the Swartland. Partridge eye and totally charming, tangy palate.