2010 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
Fact: I have written about this wine for several years now, but I think the latest vintage may be the best yet. Either that, or the excessively high heat has made an icy cold glass too refreshing to resist. (Both are true in my book.)
This South African beauty is something of an anomaly among rosés. Its color is almost Kool-Aid red-pink, like something out of a comic book, and it’s made from Cabernet Sauvignon, instead of more popular rosé grapes, such as Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Grenache.
But its aromas and flavors are truly serious. Chill this wine down and get ready for a blast of wild strawberry and pomegranate aromas to shoot from the glass, followed by flavors of watermelon, tart cherry and a touch of green herb on the palate.
Grill up some steaks with a touch of lime juice on them or burgers with a spicy mayo, and enjoy.
It’s not easy to find Mulderbosch in San Antonio. The wine rep at one H-E-B claimed he hasn’t been able to get it for three years, yet I found it at another H-E-B, the one on Thousand Oaks, for an attractive $10.99 a bottle. I’ve also seen it at Spec’s, Twin Liquors and several Gabriel’s stores in the past.
Feeling: This is a wine that loves anything that sings of summer, from vine-ripened tomatoes with a touch of dill weed to grilled portobello mushrooms to crab cakes. So, forget what the thermometer says and sink back with a summer quaffer that’s practically perfect.
If you want to learn more about rosé wine, join Richard Becker, Steven Krueger, Bonnie Walker and me, among others, at Culinaria’s Rambling Rosé this Saturday at Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg. This event is one that each of us has called our favorite of the entire year. So, join us for some terrific wines, wonderful food and, we hope, good talk. For more information, click here.