Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre Rosé 2021 shows a delightfully pale-pink in colour revealing delicate aromas of pomegranates and raspberries ,with a prominent mineral flintiness. There’s finesse and elegance on the palate with lingering fresh acidity on the finish. South African Rosé doesn’t get much better than this.
Living soils and a natural approach to winemaking means that each of the single-varietal wines in the Circumstance range is truly defined by the circumstances influencing the chosen varietal and vineyard blocks, including: soil, aspect, altitude and vintage. The Mourvèdre vines are dry-farmed, windswept and low-yielding. Production is a miniscule (for rosé) 5 tons per hectare. Grapes were hand harvested followed by a gentle whole-bunch pressing in a horizontal basket press, to extract only the finest juice. No further maceration of the juice with the skins was allowed. The juice was run down via gravity into tank and left to settle naturally for 12 hours. From there the clean juice was racked off to wooden fermenters to start the natural fermentation spontaneously, relying on wild yeasts that occur naturally in the vineyard. The reason why Waterkloof ferment in older wooden fermenters is to ensure a slow ingress of oxygen throughout the process and therefore a longer fermentation without picking-up any oak aromas. The wine was then left on the primary lees to add further complexity before bottling. The wine then spent a minimum of six months on lees. No fining, just a light filtration.
“Low-yielding Mourvèdre (5 tons/hectare) pressed very gently whole bunch (juice yield 500 litres/ton). Wild ferment in large format oak. Pale coloured. Fresh, peppery and spicy on the nose, leading to a palate with some cherry and pear fruit, as well as a bit of lemon and some detailed peppery notes. This is really sophisticated with a juicy edge to the finely poised fruit. So expressive and elegant.” – 92 Pts, Jamie Goode, WineAnorak.com (20th Sept 2021)