Recently rated 91+/100 points by Master of Wine Greg Sherwood, learn more about the Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2023 below:
Grenache 63%, Cinsault 23% and Shiraz 14%.
Alcohol 13.5% | Acidity 5.4 g/l | Residual Sugar 2.6 g/l | pH 3.22
The Vineyard: Riebeeksrivier farm is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg, overlooking the Swartland towards iconic Table Mountain. Its unique terroir, especially the shale soils, expresses itself strongly in the wine with unique varietal characteristics. The vines for this blend are all planted on south-facing slopes at elevations of 350 – 400m above sea level. The Cinsaut and Grenache bush vines were planted in 1990 and 2017 respectively, and the higher density échalas trellised (vines trained on its own wooden stake) Shiraz vineyard was planted in 2011.
VINTAGE NOTES: Another cold, wet winter resulting in good dormancy and healthy water levels prior to the growing season. The cool, wet weather continued into spring which in turn resulted in delayed but relatively even bud break, flowering and fruit set. Very favourable conditions for mildew persisted during the growing season which added pressure to meticulous canopy management. Very cool conditions during the early summer period delayed ripening and ensured that the vineyards were in very good condition going into another late vintage. Early January saw the arrival of warm temperatures which continued throughout the vintage well into March, allowing for good flavour development and ripening, despite the lower levels of acidity. An exceptional vintage which promises to deliver outstanding wines.
WINEMAKING: This premium rosé is made in the same dry style as the great rosé wines of Provence, France. Grapes were hand-picked into lug boxes and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. Great care was taken to minimise the amount of colour extraction from the grapes through gentle pressing, before overnight settling. Spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeast lasted between 2 to 4 weeks in both stainless steel and older French oak barrels (14%). The wine spent 4 months on the fine lees before being blended and bottled.
TASTING NOTES: Pale blush pink hue. Red fruit aromas with upfront raspberry and strawberry, mingle with appealing stone fruit aromas.
Juicy, fresh and lively in the mouth, the raspberry and strawberry flavours mingle with bright, nectarine and zesty citrus notes. Crisp and vivid, the wine is light bodied and refreshing. Ideal for summer enjoyment.