The cool thing about living in Cape Town is that, every so often, one gets to stop what one’s doing, pour a glass of vino and stare at the (take your pick) mountain or sea. People from other cities find this vexing. I’ve long concluded they’re just jealous. It was the waves’ turn to be stared at last night. The occasion? The announcement of South Africa’s Top Rosé Wines at the Radisson Hotel in the Waterfront.

Now my love of pink is well known. If you’re still in the iffy-about-pink camp, you’re losing out. Crisp with hints of luscious red berry fruit and deliciously dry to off-dry, that’s how I like them. And that’s how most South African wine makers are now making them. Gone are the days of overly sweet, cloying pink wines. Well, mostly gone.

Over 160 wines were entered into the Rosé Rocks competition and tasted blind with no indication of vintage, wine farm or technical analysis. The judging panel was chaired by wine expert and industry legend, Allan Mullins, and comprised industry greats like Neil Pendock, wine writer and judge with over 30 years’ experience. If you won’t take my word or their (way more important) word that rosé is the bomb, take a look at the French.

They quaff the stuff by the hectalitre, especially in what I consider the home of rosé, Provence. And we all know French people wouldn’t be seen dead being unstylish. So there. Make an effort this summer to discover all the gorgeous pink wines we make in this country, but most especially these winning ones.

Here they are…

Top 10 wines:

Arabella Pink Panacea 2015

Brampton Rosé 2015

Eagle’s Cliff Shiraz Rosé 2015

Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé 2014

Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé 2015

Noble Savage Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2015

Signal Gun Rosé 2015

Slanghoek Vinay Rosé Natural Sweet 2015

Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2015

Warwick The First Lady Dry Rosé 2015

And the overall winner is… Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2015.

Top MCC wines:

First place: Villiera Woolworths Brut Rosé

Second place: Klein Optenhorst Pinot Noir 2012 MCC

Third place: Plettenvale Brut Rosé MCC

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