Elmie, Rosé 750ml 2018

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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This is a collaboration between winemaker Reg Holder (ex-Delheim) and Etienne Terblanche. Ettiene, the new viticultural wunderkind from Thistle and Weed, also consults for Alheit Vineyards and Oldenburg amongst others. Pinotage has always been very successful as a rosé as it is early-ripening and expressive with lovely floral, musk and tart strawberry notes. The inspiration here is Provence and they have done a great job! Pale in colour, pretty on the nose and dry and fresh to finish.

'A distinctively elegant rendition of our native Pinotage grape. Celebrating life, love and friendship with Elmie, the zesty character who changed our lives forever.' – Reg Holder & Etienne Terblanche, winemakers

Tasting notes:
100% Pinotage

'My rosé of the year is a first release from the talented Reg Holder. It's a wine that tastes as good as it looks: direct pressed and very pale, with the understated concentration of two dryland Pinotage vineyards, rosehip and watermelon flavours and a long, refreshing finish. 2019-21.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 93/100

'Local rosé was until recently a rather weak category but some more considered efforts are starting to emerge, the Elmie 2018 a case in point. Made by Reg Holder, previously of Delheim, working in conjunction with viticulturist Etienne Terblanche from Stellenbosch Pinotage, it’s an understated offering. Pale orange in colour, the nose is shy with just a hint of rose-like perfume while the palate is very light and fresh – there’s a subtle red fruit character before a gently pithy finish.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 89/100
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Blend information 100% Pinotage
Rating TA 93
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