100% Cabernet Sauvignon rosé from the Central Coast of South Africa.
SRP of $12 and available for $7.99 at Costco. Sample received courtesy Cape Classics for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Delicious with crab cakes, chicken satay, spring rolls with ginger dipping sauce, herb rub roast turkey, ratatouille, fruit-glazed pork chops or strawberries and cream.I think this is the first time I've read a wine label and gotten really hungry! Most food pairings on labels feature extravagant dishes that the normal person may never even eat...prosciutto wrapped grilled peaches and such. This just seems like horrible marketing to me, but I guess they're trying to create the impression of exclusivity. Pork chops, roast turkey, chicken satays...now this is the type of food to which most people can relate! And while I give the winemaker props for listing these, this is really a testament to the pairing power of rosé.
Why rosé isn't more popular is really a mystery to me, especially during the warm summer months, but it does seems things are changing a bit. I'm a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon rosé in particular, which is exactly what we have here today from South Africa, a region that is really producing some amazing wine for under $20.
The 2011 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé begins with very enticing aromas of strawberries, raspberries, a little watermelon and some really pleasant floral notes. Tasting the wine shows nice juicy fruit plus some really good minerality. I could easily and happily sip this all summer. The finish is dry and leaves a lingering hint of berries and sea salt. You can't help but take another sip. Not super complex, but oh so good. Seriously at $7.99 buy this wine by the case -- it's absolutely perfect for sipping on a hot summer day plus it'll pair with just about anything you throw at it.
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Taste Rating: 8 Cost Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 8.3
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