2012 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch

SKU #1125855 17 points Jancis Robinson

 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)

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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."

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/21/2013  | Send Email
Strawberry, watermelon, cranberry with hints of classic Mourvedre meatiness. Made from 50 year old bush vines, this juicy rose is dry, racy and has layers of complexity. Perfect for summer BBQs, poolside sipping, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, or just because on a Tuesday night. Love it!
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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2013  | Send Email
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A perfect rendition of traditionally produced Bandol Rose. This wine is made from 100% Mourvedre grown on 50 year old dry farmed bush vines. The wine is incredibly elegant, crisp, dry, with orange peel and fresh Provencal herbs. This wine has tons of minerality and for what it deliberately eschews in fruitiness, it makes up for in complexity and persistence on the palate.
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Mourvedre

- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.
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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
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