Gabriëlskloof Rosebud Blossoms With Restrained Elegance

Words: Jess Spiro

Gabriëlskloof Estate, a family wine jewel nestled atop a hill on the outskirts of Bot River, has just released the 2016 vintage of its delightfully dry Rosebud – a delicately restrained rosé reminiscent of the Provençal style of Southern France.

Alluring with freshness, finesse and the faintest salmon hue, it is a crisp mélange of Shiraz and Viognier. The grapes were picked at a balling of about 23 and the two varietals were pressed and fermented together.

Flavours of papaya, rose and melon are apparent but not overpowering, with spicy red fruit in the background thanks to the Shiraz component.

The complex yet infinitely drinkable Gabrielskloof Rosebud 2016 delights and surprises at R70 a bottle and is ideal as an aperitif while it also complements smoked salmon; crayfish thermidor; sushi; Japanese tempura and teriyaki; mushroom or truffle risotto, and creamy goat’s cheese exceptionally well. 

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