Fresh 2011 Rosés from South Africa: Boekenhoutskloof, Fairview, Goats do Roam

Since we published our reviews of 50 rosés for Rosés, Rosés Galore, we’ve received some new 2011 releases from Boekenhoutskloof, Fairview, and Goats do Roam. Our consolidated review of all the 2011 South African rosés is given below. South African rosés are made of numerous varieties, including Pinotage, Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. One producer includes an astounding 33 different varieties in its rosé.  With suggested retail prices of $12 and less and often on sale at this time of the year,  we suggest consumers pick up the South African rosé available in their local wine market, and enjoy!

 

Boekenhoutskloof 2011 The Wolftrap Western Cape ($11) 88+ The Wolftrap is an easy drinking, well-balanced wine with good freshness and lots of flavor without leaving any residual sweetness on the finish. It’s a blend of 56% Shiraz, 26% Cinsault, and 18% Grenache.  Highly recommended. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham AL

De Grendel 2011 Rosé Durbanville ($10) 88  This is a pleasant drinking rosé that shows light red berry fruit on the nose, a dry but flavorful attack, and a freshly flavored palate with a dry finish and bracing acidity. Very good value. Importer: MJM Importers, Lutherville, MD

Fairview 2011 La Capra Pinotage Rosé Paarl ($11) 87+  The La Capra Pinotage Rosé has a lovely, aromatic nose showing bits of spice, cinnamon candy, and rose petals.  In the mouth it’s fresh and flavorful with good acidity and a long finish. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham AL

Goats do Roam 2011 Rosé Coastal Region ($10) 88  A clean, crisp, very well-made rosé that’s inexpensive to boot, the Goats do Roam is medium pink in color with fresh red berry aromas and a clean, refreshing palate. It’s a blend of 44% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, and 14% Gamay. While the flavors are a bit understated, we like the persistence and minerality of the wine. Great value! Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham AL

Ken Forrester 2011 Petit Rosé Stellenbosch ($12) 88  The Petit Rosé is made of 100% Grenache. It displays a dark salmon rose color and is fruit forward with ripe strawberry on the nose and palate. It is full flavored and lush with good acidity and balance with just the right amount of sweet fruit on the finish.  Importer: Cape Classics NY, NY

Mulderbosch 2011 Rosé Coastal Region ($12) 88  The Mulderbosch Rosé is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a love dark salmon rose color and a nose of red berries and cranberry that carry over on to the palate with concentrated red berry flavors and spice. It is well-balanced and has a pleasant lingering finish.  Importer: Cape Classics, New York, NY

Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler

July 2012

 

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