My choice with prosciutto and melon? A well chilled Rosé of course! I’m opting for a glass or two of Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé. Say Zandvliet, and Shiraz immediately comes to mind. After all, this estate on the outskirts of the Robertson Valley Wine Route was one of the first to bottle this noble cultivar.
The clay soils of their Shiraz plantings contribute salty mineral characters and elegance to this wine. It’s a delightful pale pink, the juice having minimal contact with the skins. The wine spent 18-24 months in seasoned French and American oak barrel. It’s a delight of a Rosé, with rose petals, strawberries, melon and raspberries on the nose. On the palate it’s vibrant, packed with juicy red fruit and a subtle floral end.
A real celebration Rosé, it was given a Double Gold in the 2019 Rosé Rocks awards. Find it nationwide at selected outlets or online at R80 at time of posting.