Vondeling Rosé 2017
VONDELING ROSÉ 2017 VINEYARDS - Ankomst DK December 2017
Made exclusively from cold pressed Merlot, the vineyard used for this wine is nearly 20yrs old. Located on a granite spur which extends from the foothills of the Voor-Paardeberg Mountain, the berries are well exposed to sunlight. Exposure to sunlight is essential to eliminate green flavours from the grape.
The soil has a high clay percentage and this lends softness and volume to the wine. Great care is taken to ensure that the vines do not bear too great a crop or suffer from drought. This is done through green cropping of the vines and micro irrigation. Both practices help to preserve the natural acidity, freshness and vibrancy of the grape aromas.
Grapes are picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning. The grapes are then destemmed and chilled before being pressed. This short route, from vine to press, ensures minimal degradation of the fruit aromas and a very moderate extraction of colour. All free run juice is kept separate from the “colour fraction” to ensure a deliciously subtle salmon colour. The juice is cold settled to remove any coarseness and fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks. The wine is 100% unoaked. A six month period of maturation on the yeast lees promotes richness and complexity.
Colour: Pale, salmon pink
Nose: An opulent bouquet of rose petal, red current, raspberry, cinnamon, tropical fruits and citrus.
Palate: Refreshing and vibrant, with red berry flavours, floral undertones, candied citrus and a crisp finish.
Pairing: Pair a glass with spicy Thai prawns, grilled Portuguese sardines or a fresh tomato, feta and pomegranate salad.
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