This has been my third year attending the Vinimark WineWorx Wine Trade Fair. The fair presents wine buyers, sommerliers and media with a great opportunity to explore amazing wines from a wide range of wine farms. It’s also an opportunity to engage with people behind the wines, that is winemakers or even a brand managers. In the past couple of years, I would taste different wines to find the ones more aligned with my palate. That is a good strategy to get acquainted to wines from different wine farms.
The strategy for the 2016 fair was to just focus on pink wines. Ladies,I gotcha! Say goodbye to standing in front of a pink wine aisle wondering which one to purchase. Hope this summary will be helpful 🙂
DE KRANS ORIGINAL CAPE PINK
I enjoyed this wine – it’s something different. In the warmer months, it can be served as a cocktail with a combination soda water and crushed ice. It doesn’t have to be chilled in winter. De Krans Original Cape Pink is available in two sizes; 375ml and 750ml at around R47 and R61, respectively.
DELAIRE GRAFF CABERNET FRANC ROSÉ 2016
This is a good wine – not too dry and certainly not too sweet. It is easy drinking, exactly how we like it! It is available in a 750ml bottle at R58.88.
DELHEIM PINOTAGE ROSÉ 2016
Expect to get beautiful floral notes on the nose and it doesn’t end there because this is an easy to drink wine. A 750ml bottle retails at around R47. (picture not available)
DEMORGENZON GARDEN VINEYARDS ROSÉ 2016
The label really drew me to this wine, it is a beauty. The wine itself is dry, clean and I wouldn’t categorise it as easy to drink but it is quite enjoyable. A 750ml bottle retails at around R52.
GROOT CONSTANTIA BLANC de NOIR 2016
This is a beautiful pink wine, it is a delight to drink. A 750ml bottle is available at around R70.
LANDSKROON BLANC de NOIR (Off –Dry) 2016
Lovely wine, slightly sweet and easy to drink. I would describe it as not too sweet and not too dry – this means it suits every palate. Floral notes on the nose. It is made of 100% Pinotage. At 750ml it retails around R37.
L’AVENIR FAR & NEAR ROSÉ de PINOTAGE 2016
Nice and dry. Fruity on the nose and palate. This is a dry wine but still easy to drink. A 750ml bottle retails at around R50.
L’AVENIR GLENROSE ROSÉ 2015
Beautiful nose with a hint of a pomegranate and cranberry. This makes it interesting and different to the norm. Normal rosé will give you hints of strawberry on the nose. This rosé is made by a 3rd of L’avenir Single Block Pinotage 2014, perhaps this is what makes it different. A 750ml bottle retails at around R150.
ROBERTSON WINERY / FAT BASTARD PINOT NOIR ROSÉ 2015
This is a dry rose but very easy to drink – grape variety trickier to work on- it’s a hands on process. Elegant and smooth. A bottle ranges around R63.
WARWICK FIRST LADY ROSÉ 2016
This one is very low in alcohol, that gives is one tick. It is also low in sugar but it will give you an illusion of being sweet. You’ll get a hint of watermelon and strawberry from sipping into it.
ROBERTSON WINERY LIGHTLY SPARKLING PINOT NOIR ROSÉ 2015
The bottle design will capture your attention before anything else. Once opened, it has to be finished within 2/12 to 3 days. That shouldn’t be a problem, right?
ROBERTSON WINERY SPARKLING BRUT
Sampling the sparkling brut was not part of the plan but it was a beautiful surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it – easy drinking, sweet, bubbly tingle on the tongue. One can easily picture themselves enjoying this beautiful wine on a Saturday afternoon with the girls. Plus, it delivers on the palate. A bottle retails at around R42.
After seeing and reading about all of these pink wines, do you have a fave? Let’s hear it! 🙂