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My Top South African Rosé Picks

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Summer is now in full swing and for many South Africans, this means long lazy days, cooling down in the pool with a glass of rosé in hand and day drinking without a care in the world. December is without a doubt Rosé month (As it's when I consume the most Rosé humanly possible).

These are my Top 10 most "SMASHABLE" South Africa Rosés, that you and your loved ones should be enjoying this summer, 100 % Wine Fox approved (in no particular order).


1. Rose Rebel 2020

~ Black Elephant Vintners

Region: Franschhoek

Tasting notes: Pale pink in colour with aromas of raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, cotton candy and citrus. The palate is crisp and bursting with flavours of summer fruits, finishing with a distinctive, savoury minerality.

Price: 92.00

Buy Here: Rose Rebel


~ Spider Pig

Cultivar: Blended cultivars with Colombar and Cinsaut

Tasting Notes: Crisp, light and fruity, light mid palate, candy floss, blood orange and strawberry flavours. Dry fresh finish.

Price: R115

Buy here: BRO/ZAY

3. Pink Pony 2019 ~ Cavalli

Origin: Stellenbosch

Cultivar: 100% Grenache noir

Tasting Notes: Honeysuckle, red currant and raspberry on the nose. Crisp mouth feel with outstanding minerality and spice, lead to a refreshing finish.

Price: R85

Buy here: Pink Pony

4. Lace Dry Rosé 2018

~ Almenkerk

Origin: Elgin

Cultivar: Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes: Aromas of ripe raspberry and watermelon are complemented on the palate by a savoury and spicy character.

Price: R130

Buy here: Lace

5. Carménère Rosé 2020


Origin: Breede river valley

Cultivar: Carménère

Tasting Notes: Notes of candyfloss, strawberries and Pink lady apples. A wine for the setting of a summer sun; to be enjoyed with prosciutto, brie and tapas, and good company.

Price: R128

Buy Here: LOZÄRN

6. Dry Rosé 2020

~ South Hill

Origin: Elgin

Cultivar: Shiraz

Tasting Notes: This wine has enticing aromas of strawberry and tropical fruit with a soft palate and clean finish.

Price: R95

Buy Here: South Hill

7. BIG FLOWER 2019

~ Botanica

Origin: Stellenbosch

Cultivar: Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes: This fresh and lively rosé is packed with bright red berry and watermelon flavors, with deli- cate floral notes that shine through on the refreshingly dry finish.

Price: R 120

Buy Here: Big Flower

8. Wolf and Woman Grenache Rose 2020

~ Jolandie Fouche

Origin: Swartland

Cultivar: Grenache Noir

Tasting Notes: Aromas of cherry, pomegranate and watermelon layered on a crisp, flavourful palate with a long, dry finish.

Price: R 129

9. Lighthouse Collection Dry Rosé 2019

~ Benguela Cove

Origin: Walker Bay

Cultivar: Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes: A delicious medley of fruit, florals and candied aromas opens doors to enjoy this wine as an aperitif or to complement an array of colourful dishes. Its vibrant character is marked with expressions of strawberries, watermelon, and cherry-nougat, tailed by notes of citrus, pineapple, and lemon verbena. And yes, it is as mouth-watering as it sounds.

Price: R 110

10. Tread lightly Rosé

~ Backsberg

Origin: Stellenbosch

Cultivar: 85% Pinotage 15% Other

Tasting Notes: Red fruit aromas of raspberry and strawberry give way to a hint of fresh rose petals. Lightly tinted from red grape skins, this pale rosé is delicately fruity and juicy on the palate. Low in tannins, it exhibits flavours of watermelon, strawberry and rose-hip.

Price: R80

Buy here: Tread Lightly

11 . Rosé 2020

~ Eikendal

Origin: Stellenbosch

Cultivar: Merlot 64%, Grenache 22%, Cinsault 8%, Mourvedre 6%

Tasting Notes: The Eikendal Rosé 2020 with its charming light pink hue has delightful rose petal, fresh strawberries and raspberry tart flavours on the nose, that follows through to the palate. The wine has a full mouth-feel, with an understated acidity, and a long, pleasing finish.

Price: R125

Buy Here: Eikendal Rosé


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