Waterkloof releases 2012 vintage of its famed dry rosé. Waterkloof Estate’s commitment to sustainable wine farming ethics, yields rosy results for this awe-inspiring cellar on the elevated outskirts of the Helderberg Winelands, which is evident in the latest 2012 vintage of its elegantly dry rosé – Cape Coral Mourvèdre – the blushing pride of the estate’s expressive Circumstance collection.
This internationally famed rosé with its pale coral hue, is made with serious intent and shows great harmony, with a decidedly more masculine character and persistence than one might expect from a pink drink.
The newly released Circumstance Cape Coral 2012 is a sophisticated rosé that is not overly fruity with a dry, yet firm character and delicate spicy nuances. Sensual red fruit, spice and some earthiness linger with great persistence, ending with a tight, dry finish, whilst the herbaceous flavours becoming more prominent as the wine ages.
The hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed Mourvèdre grapes used for this luminous rosé, stem from the Stellenbosch region, characterised by mild winters and long hot summers, with the vines planted in cool, deep red soils which provide adequate water for this late ripening variety.
Waterkloof follows time-honoured traditional winemaking techniques in its state-of-the-art gravitational cellar and in their pursuit of more individually styled wines, the team relied on natural, wild yeast fermentation which took five months to complete. The wine was left on the primary lees for another five months to add further complexity before bottling.
Its fruity yet drier taste makes the Circumstance Cape Coral 2012 a versatile wine from a drinking and food pairing point of view. It is quintessentially the chosen accompaniment for seafood indulgences such as sushi, crayfish and crab and also stands up well to mild curries and spicy Thai cuisine. Vegetarians will love it with light mushroom dishes such as a fresh herb and truffle infused tagliatelle.
Rosé aficionados can get the Circumstance Cape Coral 2012 – selling from R85 per bottle – at the Waterkloof cellar, selected wine outlets and leading fine dining restaurants.