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50 Shades of Pink

50 Shades of Pink

When it comes to wine, especially rosé, there are loads of guys who won’t touch it. Maybe it’s because they prefer a beer or a more refined spirit; maybe it’s because it comes in a stemmed glass, who knows?. What we can say though, based on the confessions of our local wine fundi, Jan-Nico Coetzee, is that even the tough guys have a palate for rose, and thanks to the bottled beauties listed below, we now know just why.

“Now I’m a braaiing, meat-eating, gym-going, boxing kind of tough guy, but I enjoy pink drinks. It all started in the confines of my home where no one could see me doing it. It was compared to riding a scooter – one lekker ride… until your friends find out. But there, I’ve said it. It was 1990 and rosé was like a synonym to a bad headache, even worse decisions and the obligatory pairing with a shot of insulin. Back then, the majority of rosés were all sweet and you really had to scratch around to find a dry one. Fortunately for us tough guys, times have changed, and now most rosés are dry in still.”

“Durban is known for endless summers and coinciding this with Valentine’s Day, I think it’s only appropriate to make a statement by putting down that cold one, and pouring yourself an ice cold glass of something pink. Walk down the rosé aisle at your local wine shop and you’ll see that there really are around 50 shades of pink available. From the dark, also red cordial colour, through to the very light salmon colour. It’s probably the most versatile summer wine, pairing perfectly with almost all beaches, pools, salads, chicken, fish and pork dishes. And with the overwhelming aromas and tastes of rose and flower petals, strawberry, red berries and slight notes of cinnamon and spice, it just can’t get any more inviting, so without further ado, here is a list of some of the best rosés on our shelves…”

 

First Sighting Rosé

Tart strawberry and red berries burst forth in this delightful blend of 76% Shiraz and 24% Grenache. A delicate floral nose and a crisp fresh palate with notes of watermelon and pomegranate are followed by a cool dry finish. To be enjoyed any time with good company.

Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé

Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, this unique Rosé displays flavours of ripe strawberries, cassis and candyfloss with dark red berries and cream on the mid palate and a juicy, crisp and dry finish.

Newton Johnson Felicité Rosé

The Newton Johnson family produced its first rosé in this dry style back in 1998. A vineyard should be specially designated and harvested earlier for rosé production. Shiraz delivers delicate berry flavours at these lower ripeness levels, blushed with colour to accentuate lightness.

Sutherland Grenache Rosé

Dry and deliciously refreshing, Grenache Rosé offers layers of berries and red fruit aromas with a hint of white pepper on the palate. The wine is full of flavour with a crisp finish.

Waterford Rose Mary

A very sophisticated approach towards a Blanc de Noir, a French term meaning white wine produced from red grapes. The red varietals used to produce the Rose-Mary are picked early and whole bunch pressed, in order to preserve the elegance, delicacy and finesse of the wine. Limited skin contact, during pressing only, gives the wine a beautiful blush colour. This is a perfect summer time wine, with an alcohol content of around 11%, which is very easily paired with many light, fresh dishes.

Kaapzicht Pinotage Rosé

Salmon pink in colour with buckets of strawberries bursting forth on the nose, accompanied by subtle undertones of rose petals and herbaceousness. Light and refreshing on the palate, the wine shows good acidity which carries the flavours through and leaves you wanting more.

 

WIN

We are giving away a mixed case containing a bottle of each of the above-mentioned rosés. To enter fill in the entry form below before 26 February and hold thumbs.

50 shades of pink

 

 

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50 Shades of Pink

When it comes to wine, especially rosé, there are loads of guys who won’t touch it. Maybe it’s because they prefer a beer or a more refined spirit; maybe it’s because it comes in a stemmed glass, who knows?. What we can say though, based on the confessions of our local wine fundi, Jan-Nico Coetzee, is that even the tough guys have a palate for rose, and thanks to the bottled beauties listed below, we now know just why.

 

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