A South African Bargain Rosé

A South African Bargain Rosé

Serve it ice cold on a hot summer day!

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Mulderbosch is one of the easier names to pronounce when it comes to South African wine. (Try spitting out Boekenhoutskloof or Hermanuspietersfontein … ) And that’s a good thing when it comes to finding and asking for their Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon. Year after year, this wine delivers generous flavor and fascinating fragrance. I like to serve it ice cold on a hot summer day, letting it warm in the glass, if possible, to reveal more texture. This year’s edition is particularly ripe, the vintage was very good, and it remains a delicious bargain.

2016 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé $13 srp*

A dark, salmon color. Floral (rose petal) and peppery notes on the nose with strawberry and watermelon overtones. The flavors are refreshing and minerally with zesty pear, strawberry, rhubarb and cranberry-like notes. “Juicy,” with good body and a nice steely finish that refreshes, this is a good all-purpose summer choice. Drink it over the next 18 months.

88/100 points – a best buy

*Shop around. Can be found in our market for around $10.

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.