Stellenbosch, South Africa
47 % Grenache Noir
10% Grenache blanc
The grapes for DMZ rosé are grown in vineyards planted on weathered granite soils in Stellenbosch. Trellised and bush vines are managed to ensure natural high acidity and full flavor concentration. Fruiting zones are managed to encourage sunlight exposure onto the grapes, allowing them to be harvested earlier with a lower sugar level and good flavor development.
Good post-harvest conditions after the 2019 vintage enabled the 2020 growing season to commence early and evenly, setting up a great quality harvest. Moderate temperatures throughout the growing season and the absence of the usual heatwaves resulted in good retention of aromatic and flavour compounds in the grapes. An early harvest resulted in grapes with super acidity and really complex flavour profiles.
The grapes were handpicked across various ripeness levels, between 20 to 22.5 brix, in an effort to increase complexity of flavor. They were de-stemmed and gently crushed. Minimal skin contact was allowed to ensure a pale pink hue. The must was cool fermented (54-61°F) in stainless steel tanks to maintain a fresh fruit profile, then aged on its lees for several months. It was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
Winemaker : Carl van der Merwe
Alcohol content : 13.00 %
TA : 4.9 g/L
pH : 3.42
RS : 1.6 g/L
Certifications : Wine and Agriculture Ethical Trade Association (WIETA), Integrated Production of Wines (IPW) Certified.
Other : Vegan friendly
Total production (in cases x 12) : 3000
2020: Double Gold Medal Winner at Rose Rocks
2019: Gold medal Winner at Rose Rocks
2017: 4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2018
2016: Platter’s 3 Stars, Platters Wine Guide 2017