Wine of the Week – Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose’ 2013
Dwight Casimere | 8/20/2014, 3:11 p.m.
This is a sexy, deep pink beauty from South Africa that defies any normal perceptions of what a Rose' wine is. When this wine was first release in 1999, it set the wine world on its ear. The first of its kind from South Africa, this wine quickly changed both the way rose' wines are produced and the way they taste. At a time when most Rose's were a byproduct of red wine fermentation, Mulderbosch chose to create a Rose' wine made from specially farmed vineyards that were designed to specifically produce Rose' fruit. These specially selected grapes were picked early, and then vinified in the same manner, as an aromatic white wine would be. The goal is to create a fresh, aromatic style of Rose' wine. With the 2013 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose', mission accomplished! The wine is racy with a walloping mouthful of luscious bright fruit flavor. First the smell. As soon as you open the bottle, a rush of ripe fruit aromas comes at you revealing aromas of blood-orange, cherry lifesavers and black currant with a whiff of sandalwood. A gorgeous blend of fresh cherry and watermelon does a delicately balanced dance on the palate before finishing in the back of the throat with a note of orange zest. Already renowned for his silky, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc, winemaker Adam Mason scores another enological hit with this complex, but delightfully refreshing Rose'. It's a terrific wine for barbeque. This is also the wine for those who normally are not interested in drinking Rose'. Those naysayers will also be pleasantly surprised and doubly rewarded with its $9 price tag.