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Alphabetical Rose 2017

 
Country: South africa
Region: Western cape
Type: Rose
Producer: Owl and vine brand
Grape: Cinsault, Mourvedre
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2017
Alcohol: 13.5%

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Mourvedre and Cinsault aged for 12 months in big old French oak to give it a gorgeous complexity that makes it so versatile!


Tasting Notes

Not only is the Alphabetical as pretty as a picture with it's perfect pink hue, but it also has so much more going on than the Miraval's and Whispering Angel's of this world. (Apparently production of Whispering Angel now stands at 4.6 million bottles!) For those that remember the wonderful Rioja Navajas rose, it veers towards that in style, with intoxicating strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose andthe elegance and coolness of drinking Chablis, plus a really satisfying texture on the palate - all with a hint of oak from having been aged in 300 L French barrels.


Robin's Note:

I drank it late last night after a long journey home, with a wee plate of olives and feta, and it had the revitalising powers of rosé, with lovely elegant fruit. It was perfect for the moment. But that's why it will be ideal with chicken and lemon on the barbeque, as well as grilled vegetables, and fish. Try a bit of wood smoke in the bbq too, as this rosé will pair really well with that added bit of favour.

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