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Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé 2012

Other recent vintages:  2016   2015   2014   2013  

Don't be fooled into thinking that it's all about looks by the demure blush of this rosé. Like the perfect slice of salmon sashimi it's as delicious to the palate as it is easy on the eye. Focused fruit aromas and a crisp finish.

In the Vines

Our small block of Mourvèdre (moor-vey-druh) has been through a lot. After struggling for years with an over-vigorous canopy, we made the tough decision to remove every other vine in 2009. This gave the wild and energetic varietal more space on the cordon and better balance between growth and fruiting. While in recovery, we have for several years begrudgingly blended away our Mourvèdre with other wines, biding our time until the vineyard was deemed to meet our standards and produce unique and memorable wine.

Following a dry winter in 2012, the summer and harvest season was cool and humid with little rain. Slow ripening resulted in high natural acidity and ripe flavours. For the first time in years, the vineyard spoke to us and we are hugely excited about our maiden vintage rosé as a result!

The Wine

Mourvèdre has traditionally been used for the production of high quality rosé wines in Provence. It was therefore a natural step to use our estate vineyard and try it for ourselves. We have always enjoyed adding a bit of Mourvèdre to our Syrah for its spicy & earthy flavours.

This rosé stands out with a beautiful salmon pink color and a bit of orange peel on the rim. The wine elicits aromas of Turkish delight, strawberries, watermelon, and black currant. It has a crisp, dry finish and is perfect alongside the braai. Serve slightly chilled, at 11-12°C.

Wine Spectator 85 points

Alcohol   13.0%
Origin   Simonsberg-Paarl
pH   3.09
Production   420 cases
Residual sugar   3.6 g/l
Total acid   6.3 g/l

Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé 2012


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