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2016 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvèdre Rosé Stellenbosch (Biodynamic)

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A perennial staff and customer favorite at K&L, this is one of our best-selling and most-raved-about rosés every year. Hand-picked from biodynamically farmed, old Mourvèdre vines in a cool coastal sub-region of Stellenbosch, it's a fresh, elegant wine that does a fantastic impression of Bandol (which is also predominantly made from Mourvèdre), but at a fraction of the cost! Waterkloof is a stunning property working with very natural, non-interventionist methods. The wines are pure, expressive and precisely balanced. I am excited to work with Waterkloof Estate as a Direct Import partner and hope you enjoy this year's Circumstance "Cape Coral" Rosé. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L South African wine buyer) The winery's tasting note from the glass of (winemaker) Nadia Barnard: "Pale salmon hue. Delicate floral aromas, with hints of minerality prominent on the nose. The palate is soft with a lingering aftertaste. Traditionally the wine is served chilled on its own, but also marries well with salmon and fresh dishes."

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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2017 | Send Email
What an enchanting rosé of Mourvedre! The Waterkloof vineyards are managed with the highest viticultural standards in mind, and this rosé is a direct reflection of that care. The winemaking really begins in the vineyard, as the grapes are harvested at a high acid and low pH, and no sulfur is added. Only the wild yeasts of the vineyard are used in fermentation. Of the palest salmon hue, Mourvedre dazzles in rosé form, with aromas and flavors of delicate raspberry, violet and peony. The wine is aged for eight months on the lees, which lends serious complexity and length to the finish.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2017 | Send Email
This rosé is fresh and light, with beautiful minerality and acidity to complement the succulent fruit. It's wonderful to see a rosé made from an atypical varietal, Mouvèdre, and this South African one delivers with a soft and elegant feel and prominent, but ethereal fruit. It's a wonderful choice now that the weather is warming up and, with its lighter mouthfeel and body, makes a great pairing to a seafood BBQ on the beach.

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- 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.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5