Waterkloof Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé 2018 BiodynamicRegular price £12.95
If you ask someone what is their favourite wine, most would mention a red or a white..very few would give a rosé. But, (for me) South Africa has taken the 'common' rosé and turned it into an art form.
Such a delicate and perfumed rosé. Take a bit of sophisticated Provence rosé, give it a little hint of international dynamic, a little bit of relaxed "take me as i am" S'African personality and the result is this deliciously drinkable rosé from Stellenbosch.
ABV: at the delicious level.....13%
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Rosé OrganicRegular price £19.95
A serious Rose with a strong personality.
Beautiful pale salmon colour with an appealiing lemon & herb nose followed by flavours of warm southern herbs & rich, rounded fruit. Very much a food wine with a powerful character & a delicious dry finish.
Grapes: 65% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 15% Cinsault
Domaine Lafran Veyrolles is an estate with a superb terroir and is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10 ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate nestles in and is protected by the hills of the Cadière d'Azur and benefits from a maritime climate. The estate works organically and the yields are kept extremely low. Domaine Lafran Veyrolles reds have made it one of the star performers of the appellation … but don’t overlook the rosé wines as they deserve attention too!
Clos Bagatelle ‘A l’Origine’ Saint-Chinian Rouge 2018Regular price £11.95
In the glass, the wine has a bright ruby colour with a fresh, herby, garrigue nose. A touch of liquorice is followed by full-flavoured and intense, typically southern flavours. Equal measures of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache and a dash of Mouvèdre provide youth, excellent balance and generous and gentle structure.
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, St Chinian
Grapes: 10% Mourvedre SYRAH 30%, CARIGNAN 30%, GRENACHE NOIR 30%
SYP Naked on Roller SkatesRegular price £15.95
Another sultry and sexy wine from the Some Young Punks crew.
Expressive notes of musk, violets and charcuterie meats. The palate is dense with black fruits, a little quince and juniper spice.
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Grapes: 85% Shiraz, 15% Mataro
Some Young Punks epitomise the best of New Australia. The punks consist of Col McBryde (voted Australia's Young Gun Winemaker of the Year), Jen Gardner (self confessed nerdy yeast expert) and thirdly Nic Bourke. Like most of the new breed of interesting, young winemakers in Australia they aren't moved by porty Shiraz and seek instead a sense of place and restraint the wines, influenced by the best of the Old World and the New. Col McBryde is as unimpressed by flash-in-the-pan medal-winners that are short on provenance as he is by being hide-bound to the Old World, and carves his own niche. Yet being media savvy and having a sense of humour allows this ironically quietly-spoken but earnest bunch to market themselves outrageously and to bring a fresh approach to labelling. Expect to see increasingly alarming labels sported by increasingly interesting and wholly unique wines. Grapes are carefully monitored and purchased locally.
Babylonstoren Mourvedre Rosé 2020Regular price £14.95
This dry rose from South Africa is bursting with cool raspberry flavours alongside strawberry and even a hint of thyme. Provence style but packed with more flavour and a summer tang.
Country: South Africa
Region: Paarl, Western Cape
Food Pairing: Plaice and buttered new potatoes