Mulderbosch Rose 2014
Rosé from South Africa
Delicate pink color with subtle salmon hues; An initial burst of ripe grapefruit aromas is followed by clean, mineral notes and hints of fresh strawberries. The overriding character of this rosé is one of freshness and purity. Freshness of texture, vibrancy and length. Purity of flavor, especially the way in which the aromas find their full expression on the palate. There is a touch of mineral austeritywhich maintains a light thread throughout the wine's length; moreish and decidedly quaffable, the ultimate rosé!
Serve well chilled. An excellent aperitif or picnic wine. Serve with fresh, seared tuna steaks; veal limone; poached salmon; cold crayfish salad; sushi.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Just a yummy and juicy rosé with a serious mind, the 2014 Mulderbosch Cabernet Rose is crisp, but not biting in acidity; the wine's threshold sugar makes it all perfect. Bright to deep pink color, light red hue; fresh strawberries and raspberries in the nose; medium bodied, nicely packed on the palate; off dry to medium sweet, nice acidity, well balanced; ripe red fruit flavors; lively aftertaste. I would pair this one with sashimi. (Tasted: June 22, 2015, San Francisco, CA)"
Widely recognized as one of South Africa's most iconic producers, Mulderbosch is well-known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Rose and its Bordeaux blend - The Faithful Hound - and is located east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch Hills. Stellenboxch has a Mediterranean climate that is largely impacted by the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with long, warm summers and cool windy afternoons. Recently acquired by Charles Banks, an American, Mulderbosch has entered an exciting new era of quality. A newly-assembled team promises to re-introduce wine lovers to the many charms of this approachable, easy-drinking, collection of affordable, fun wines. South Africa provokes an unbelieveable platform for making some of the best white wine values in the world. View all Mulderbosch 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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10 ratings, 2 with reviewsAnonymous - Alachua, FL15/30/2017winedreams - Jamaica, NY15/25/2017Anonymous - Bradenton, FL312/29/2016Well balanced rose. Definitely nice as an aperitif during summertime or as an every day wine. I will strongly give him a chance even for those that are aficionados to classic French Rose. Great with seafood dishes, salads.Wendy Mathein - Lockwood, CA310/3/2016Anonymous - New York, NY49/12/2016Anonymous - Derwood, MD17/22/2016Alex Shamilov - Brooklyn, NY35/24/2016jonathan49855 - Washington, DC33/15/2016Kayla - Chico, CA38/14/2015Sputerbug - Abbott, TX46/2/2015A very good rose.bixbya - Columbia, MO55/11/2015CParks - San Francisco, CA45/1/2015