The Summer Rosé Edition
2016 Rosé (Skaha Vineyard)
Made from Merlot, this wine is pale salmon coloured with medium-light intensity. Red fruit jumps out of the glass – wild strawberries, Rainer cherries, rhubarb and watermelon. Well balanced with good mouthfeel. The flavours follow the nose. A medium-plus finish. This is not a delicate wine. Perfect for summer sipping and one of my current favourites.
2014 Faux Pas Rosé
Yes, I know, Rosés are meant to be drunk when they are young and fresh, but I don’t think resting in my cellar has had much, if any, negative effect on this blend of Pinot Noir and Pinotage (Stoneboat knows just what to do with this grape). Cherry red in colour with medium-minus intensity. Watermelon, cherry, strawberry and rhubarb on the nose. Good balance. A melee of red fruit on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish. What’s not to like?
2015 Red Sky Rosé (Pinot Noir)
If anyone considers all Rosés to be light and delicate, then this is the one that will change their opinion. This bold Pinot Noir Rosé is cherry red in colour with medium-intensity. Cherry and strawberry on the nose. Good balance, big and round in the mouth. Pleasing fruit on the palate followed by a medium finish. I enjoyed this wine with grilled creamy dill salmon.
2015 Rosé (Pinot Meunier)
24-hour skin contact gives this unique wine a cherry red colour with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of cherry, strawberry, vanilla, wet stones and just a hint of citrus. Well balanced. The flavours follow the nose. A medium-plus finish with lingering fruit flavours. One of their top selling wines for good reason. No wonder it sells out quickly.
This Merlot dominant wine also includes some Pinot Gris and Malbec. Classic Rosé colour with medium-minus intensity. Cherry, strawberry and rhubarb on the nose. Good balance. Clean and refreshing on the palate with flavours that echo the nose followed by a medium-plus finish. I enjoyed this wine paired with duck pate.