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).
MY TOP SOUTH AFRICAN ROSÉ WINES
1. Rose Rebel 2020
~ Black Elephant Vintners
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.
Buy Here: Rose Rebel
2. BRO-ZAY ROSÉ
~ 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.
3. Pink Pony 2019 ~ Cavalli
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.
Buy here: Pink Pony
4. Lace Dry Rosé 2018
Cultivar: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Aromas of ripe raspberry and watermelon are complemented on the palate by a savoury and spicy character.
Buy here: Lace
5. Carménère Rosé 2020
Origin: Breede river valley
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.
Buy Here: LOZÄRN
6. Dry Rosé 2020
~ South Hill
Tasting Notes: This wine has enticing aromas of strawberry and tropical fruit with a soft palate and clean finish.
Buy Here: South Hill
7. BIG FLOWER 2019
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
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
Buy Here: Wolf & Woman
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
Buy Here: Lighthouse Collection Rosé
10. Tread lightly Rosé
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.
Buy here: Tread Lightly
11. Rosé 2020
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.
Buy Here: Eikendal Rosé