DURBANVILLE HILLS LAUNCHES MERLOT ROSÉ NATIONALLY
Jun 13th 2011, 09:59
Whether enjoying it as a summer sundowner after a hard day’s work, surrounded by your favourite people and tapas-style nibbles or at the dinner table served with duck in winter, berry desserts in spring and seared tuna in autumn, you can adapt the Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé to any occasion.
Winemaker Gunther Kellerman is proud of the fact that this rosé made from Merlot grapes extends consumers’ taste experience.
“By using a hugely popular varietal such as Merlot we have made a wine that will also appeal to consumers normally preferring white wines. Rosé is mostly made from other red varietals and by using Merlot we offer a deliciously different flavour dimension with lovely mulberry characters.
“Light-bodied, the wine displays a hint of raspberries dusted with rose petals on the nose, leading to a dry taste with fresh summer berries on the palate. Enjoy this wine with mezze platters, salads and chicken, duck and tuna dishes.”
He says the grapes for this wine were selected from a single vineyard on a low-lying, south-facing slope where the soil moisture levels ensure small berries which, because of their excellent skin-to-fruit ratio, provide an intense colour and flavour spectrum.
Hand-harvested at 21 to 23º Balling during February, the grapes were allowed four hours of skin contact to produce the wine’s luscious light strawberry colour. The juice was fermented in a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank for two weeks and left on the lees for a further two weeks to impart freshness and contribute to the mouth-feel.
The 2011 Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé is expected to retail for around R37.
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