2012 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch
Very sophisticated nose with a lovely delicate insistence - they have really eked out Mourvedre's sensitive side! It's absolutely in the mode of Provence. Very good, very accomplished. (RH)
Following in the footsteps of the great rosés of Bandol, the Waterkloof's Circumstance Cape Coral rosé is made entirely from Mourvedre. From the winery: "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."