Summer and rosé season is almost upon us, and while French rosés seem to define the wine, there is a real effort to make rosé definitive of place and varietal. The 2013 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé is just such a transformative vessel. Out of South Africa, it’s fresh acidity, muted by a fleshy body, lower alcohol, with aromas and flavors of summer, will convert even the non-rosé lover to invite Mulderbosch to the table, a dinner companion of imminent presence, and unique in its own right.
The Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé wears a veil of vibrant reddish pink color. It has a sweet nose, but don’t be deceived by its approachable charms. The aromas of cherry pastilles, wild strawberry, black current cordial, rose petal, ripe blood orange, and sandalwood gives the impression of a sweet wine to come. But, the truth is, it’s not. While not bone dry, at 12.5% ABV, the sweetness is a mirage. The palate is summer fruit, with watermelon, fresh red cherry, wild strawberry, a touch of mineral, an herbal note, and a hint of nutmeg. This is a mouth-filling rosé, with zesty acidity, and a long, persistent finish. It is a good food wine, served well-chilled, with summer salads, seared tuna steaks, poached salmon, sushi, barbecue, and so much more. Rosé is the ultimate pair to most foods and Mulderbosch is quite the bargain, selling for under $10.
Mulderbosch has been one of South Africa’s best wine producers for the past quarter century. Just east of Cape Town, at the southern tip of the African continent, the Stellenbosch wine producing district has a variety of soils on hilly terrain and a Mediterranean climate that is warm and dry, perfect for growing wine grapes. The Rosé is made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes specifically grown for rosé, not a byproduct or afterthought. It’s a Wine of Origin, a distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé that channels the coastal influences of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. With a recent change in ownership, more attention is paid to quality, thanks to Charlie Banks, the former co-owner of Screaming Eagle and head of his global wine business, Terroir Selections. Recognizing the potential for export and profit, especially from the distinctive Chenin Blanc, Banks and his team have improved Mulderbosch vineyards and cellar, inviting wine drinkers to explore the world of South African wines.
The 2013 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé can currently be found at Hi-Time Wine Cellars and online wine stores. When Rosé season begins, it may be found at your local wine shop.