In a nutshell: A pale and fresh Rosé from the Western Cape of South Africa.
The lowdown: False Bay produce fantastic, sustainably made wines available at great prices, and their 'Whole Bunch' rosé is no exception to that. The grapes mostly come from old bush vines in the Swatland region, but also with some fruit from Stellenbosch as well, all sustainable grown, hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Made from 90% Cinsault with a little Mouvedre as well, the wine is pale in colour with a soft palate of summer berry fruits, a touch of spice, and a dry finish.
When to drink: Perfect just drunk on its own but will pair well with a range of Mediteranean dishes including pan fried garlic prawns.
Named after South Africa's most iconic bay, which frames much of the country's premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was borne out of a desire to make 'real' wine affordable.
Back in 1994, long before founding Waterkloof - his biodynamic vineyard overlooking False Bay - Paul Boutinot came to the Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. These treasures were otherwise destined to be lost in the large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa's wine industry back then.
Unusually for that time, Paul transformed those Cape gems into wines with a minimum of intervention: Wild yeast ferments, no acid additions etc. A familiar story to many real wine lovers now, but back then he was swimming against the tide. Even today, making wine this way at the price-level is almost unheard of. Today the ingredients remain the same for Waterkloofs Cellar Master Nadia Barnard, fantastic coastal fruit, old vines and wild yeast abound, with additions avoided.