Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: *** Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, Coastal Region, South Africa, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: When you think of South Africa and wine, you probably think of classic red varietals, like cabernet sauvignon.  Today we will try a South African cabernet sauvignon, but one finished as a rose, not a deep red.  The difference between a rose and a red wine of the same varietal is typically how long the wine is allowed to ferment on its skins - the longer on the skins, the deeper the color.


Original tasting and review : This is Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, Coastal Region, South Africa, 2010, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Pink with a hint of brick.

On the nose: Poured cold and swirled vigorously, shows a slight, sweet hint of cabernet sauvignon.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sharp with perhaps a touch of sweetness.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a sleek run of mineral-based fruit across your tongue and into your cheeks, quite compelling.  Flavors hint of strawberry, but with little acidic twang.  The finish does lodge in your upper cheeks, quite clean and fragrant.

In summary: Overall, the layered and pleasant experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for layered friendliness. 

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