Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2015
Rosé from South Africa
Vibrant salmon pink with enticing crushed summer berry aromas that carry through to a soft and juicy palate bouncing with succulent ripe strawberries, raspberries and mulberries tinged with a hint of spice, finishing with great balance and freshness and fruity intensity.
A beautifully balanced fruity blend with broad drinking appeal. Best served chilled for anytime casual drinking or recommended as a great wine with oysters, charcuterie, summer salads, calamari or pork belly.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Is there a difference between bona fide rosés and blush wines? You bet and while both enjoy categories enjoy their followings, rosés have the added value of being chef friendly and made for foodies. The 2015 Boschendal Rose Garden is such a wine. I'd pair this one with a shredded roast chicken in a mix of garden lettuces and other green veggies. Faded rose color; pleasing dried strawberry aroma, delicate, fine depth; medium bodied, crisp on the palate; off-dry to medium sweet, nice acidity, well balanced; bright red fruit flavors, strawberries and raspberry notes; medium finish. (Tasted: November 25, 2015, San Francisco, CA)"
Dramatically set against the majestic backdrop of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains in Franschhoek ("Little French Corner"), Paarl, South Africa. Boschendal is one of the oldest wine producers in the New World with a French viticultural heritage dating back to 1685.
The farm "Bossendaal" (wood and dale) was granted in 1685 to French émigré Jean le Long by the governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel. Le Long was one of the many Protestant Huguenots who fled from France to escape religious persecution after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, bringing considerable winemaking skill to the region. Boschendal was the first French Huguenot wine farm established on the Cape and the second wine farm overall. View all Boschendal Wines
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A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most control over wines and vineyards until the late 1980's. Now, with a bit more competition, quality is coming around. Yet, South African wine was not even seen in American wine stores until the mid-1990's – the trade embargo on the country for their racial apartheid laws kept South African wine out of the US. When apartheid fell, so did the embargo, and SA bottles began showing up on US shelves.
White wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, much of it the Steen variety – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape gaining some raves is Sauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends was once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, which used to be a grape only your mother could love, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. The most popular regions of the country include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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Notable FactsWhite wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, the majority of it is Steen – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape the critics rave aboutSauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends were once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, a man-made crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. In describing red wines in South Africa, smoky and meaty are two terms that are common. Regionally, the most popular wine-making areas include Stellenbosch and Paarl.
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15 ratings, 4 with reviewsSputerbug - Abbott, TX47/13/2017A very enjoyable wine.ronald wilwerding - Abington, MA16/23/201734/30/2017light and tasty43/31/2017ibaklanov - Marina Del Rey, CA43/18/2017Anonymous - Dulles, VA39/2/2016gosenga - Charlotte, NC58/26/2016Love, love, love. Great summer wine.Anonymous - Dallas, TX58/24/2016Anonymous - Hanalei, HI46/19/2016Anonymous - Beeville, TX36/17/2016serenity2703 - Houston, TX46/3/2016Solidly good Rose, but nothing spectacular. Very light. White wine drinkers looking to expand your palate, don't chill. Room temperature brings out the complexity and flavor.Anonymous - Memphis, TN45/29/201655/9/2016Mike - Thermal, CA44/27/2016Tim McWine - Napa, CA53/23/2016qvollmert - San Francisco, CA42/17/2016