This time of year we receive a huge number of questions about Bandol Rosé. In fact besides Rombauer Chard, (really, is there nothing else that will satisfy you?) Pliny the Elder (we get some on Thursday, it will be gone by Friday) and Pappy Van Winkle (just forget about it) I would say the fine rosés from this picturesque costal town in Provence are up there with the most common requests. The Bandol rosés generally arrive between May and July and are snapped up very quickly despite ever higher prices (some of which I personally think are astronomical). Anyway, these wines are quite unique in that they are commonly made from Mourvèdre. Mourvèdre is perhaps the ultimate enthusiast’s grape. It enjoys a very passionate following where ever it is produced well (which isn’t very common) and rewards its clique with bright wines with a distinct earthy expression and amazing ability to convey terroir. The vine does best as a head trained specimen and its sturdy, gnarled trunk is crucial in standing up to the vicious Mistral wind that wreaks havoc across the Mediterranean coast and Rhône Valley.
Unfortunately it seems that often we don’t get enough of these wines to satisfy demand and others just aren’t willing to pay Premier Cru Burgundy prices for a bottle of Rosé! However, fear not, we have a fantastic new wine that fills the gap! Enter the 2012 Waterkloof “Circumstance” Cape Coral Rosé, Stellenbosch, South Africa $16.99.
This wine is produced from Biodynamically farmed, 50 year old, Dry farmed Mourvèdre bush vines overlooking the ocean in the Helderberg sub-region of Stellenbosch. There is an old saying that notes "Mourvèdre loves an sea view" relating to it's tempramental qualities and the fact that it thrives looking out over the Mediterranean in the town of Bandol. Waterkloof follows time-honored traditional winemaking techniques in its state-of-the-art gravitational cellar and in their pursuit of more terroir wines. The team relied on natural, wild yeast fermentation which took five months to complete. The wine was left on the primary lees for another five months to add further complexity before bottling. The wine is incredibly elegant, crisp, dry, with orange peel and fresh Provencal herbs. This wine has tons of minerality and for what it deliberately eschews in fruitiness, it makes up for in complexity and persistence on the palate.
As with all of Waterkloof’s wines this Rosé is made very much with food in mind. It is perfect for appetizers, seafood and just about any light alfresco dinning one can imagine! Waterkloof is a fantastic estate that we have recently partnered with to bring some of their wines in to the USA exclusively for K&L. See a previous blog post about then here. Buy some of this incredible Rosé HERE, or come into any of our stores and pick some up in person!
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