Living in central Wyoming means that a large portion of the population doesn’t have the most sophisticate palates when it comes to wine. And that is just fine, as I’m a firm believer there is a wine or style of wine out there for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately though misconceptions about particular wine styles continue to persist both in small town America as well as in the larger cosmopolitan areas.
Case in point is Rosé which has been given an altered perception/bad name because of the evil sugar laden jungle juice known as White Zinfandel…honestly I’m not bias.
A blush concoction developed during the early 1970′s in California’s Central Valley, White Zin is made primarily from Zinfandel grapes with limited fermentation on the skins and blended with sugar to imperfection. This wine style that fed on Americans sweet tooth and infant wine knowledge became extremely popular, but consequently has left many unaware of what a true Rosé is and how good the wine style can be.
Traditional Rosés from France tend to be light and on the drier side, with the fruit nuances of wines playing a more subtle role. While Spanish Rosés tend to speak more to New World palates with a more vocal riper fruit presence. The point is that when you’re pondering what a Rosé is, it should be something along either of these Old World styles which don’t require massive amounts of sugar to be pleasing to the palate.
One Rosé that regularly found its way into the wine tasting events I directed and one that I continue to enjoy to this day is from the Mulderbosch Winery in South Africa. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine typically has robust fruit characteristics combined with a balance of acidity that always leaves one’s palate engaged and refreshed. It’s a great wine to enjoy during the summer heat, or as a simple aperitif, or with summer salads and sushi.
And for the record the liquor store clerk here in Wyoming did ask me “how sweet” the Mulderbosch Rosé was and seemed perplexed that it wasn’t like a White Zin.
Here is my complete review:
2010 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (Coastal Region, South Africa)
Dark pink in color with an orange tinge, the slightly tart nose opens with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and tobacco. Bright and fresh, the wine weighs evenly across the palate presenting a balance of red fruit (think strawberry and pomegranate) and acidity with a clean finish. An uncomplicated relaxed wine that possesses enough substance to keep one interested, while ensuring the demanded refreshing quality of a Rosé.
Retails Around $10-12
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