Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Launch of Roodeberg Rosé at Chart Farm

On a lovely summery day, we journeyed to the restaurant at Chart Farm in Wynberg for tea in the garden and the launch of KWV's new Roodeberg Rosé wine
Lots of beautiful roses from the farm surround a bowl of chilled bottles of Roodeberg Rosé
We sat under umbrellas and enjoyed the wine. It is made from Shiraz and Cabernet with a little Cinsault and Mourvedre added. It is made from free run juice and has brief skin contact, but not very much, as they need to keep the colour light pink. It is refreshing and is full of strawberry, raspberry and litchi notes on the nose and palate, with good fruit acidity
Lovely to just quaff, but a good food wine as well, especially for summer dishes. The alcohol is a low 12.5% and it retails for R85 a bottle. It was first made in 2014 when it was launched into the international market, where they sell 90% of the 100 000 litres they produce. Now, they are introducing it into the local market to grow the volumes. More and more of us, men and women, are enthusiastic about drinking good dry rosé wines
PRO Gudrun Clark dressed in the lovely rose colour
KWV Roodeberg Brand Manager Carli Jordaan told us about the wine
Next year, Roodeberg will celebrate its 70th birthday and they are planning celebrations
"This wine" she said "is a summer patio sharing wine"
Louwritz Louw of KWV is the wine maker
Nicely frosted bottle and a beautiful colour; we think that it will be very popular
Then it was time for tea and we could help ourselves to this amazing selection of cakes, quiches, tiny éclairs, scones, vol au vents, pasteis de nata, fruit kebabs and smoked salmon rolls. The quality of everything was superb. Well done Sandra Engelen, owner of the restaurant at Chart Farm, and her friendly staff. It was very hard to resist and not eat too much. The cakes, especially, were light as a feather and the quiches with their cheese pastry were really moreish
A savoury selection for those of us who do not have a very sweet tooth. Vol au vents at the top, smoked salmon rolls in the middle and egg mayonnaise rolls on the bottom layer. All went very well with the Rosé. We were allowed to pick a few of the beautiful roses to take home
Those fruit kebabs. Make time for a return visit to the Chart Farm restaurant now that summer is here. And thank you Roodeberg for a well matched and managed function

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