Western Cape, South Africa
This dry rose comes from the rugged mountainous landscape of South Africa's Western Cape, about 100 miles north of Cape Town. The Olifants River Valley is home to the small town of Citrusdal. Vineyards sit between 1,600 and 2,200 feet above sea level. Variations betweet hot, arid days and cold evenings allow grapes to develop complex aromas without losing acidity. The vineyards are trellised and planted on sandy, loamy soils. Pinotage grapes were handpicked early in the morning, cool crushed and underwent four hours of skin contact. The wine fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures for 12-14 days and was filtered. In the glass, it offers aromas of bright red berries, floral notes and a hint of spice. On the palate, taste strawberry, raspberry, appealing minerality and vibrant acidity. Drink it with spicy Asian dishes, grilled fish, chicken salad, shrimp remoulade, boiled seafood, barbecue and chilled soups. Buy it at: Poeyfarre Market and Rouses on Carrollton Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street.