Produced by 6th generation family vintners in Rawsonville, and made from a Pinotage, there is nothing quite more South African than our Pinotage Rosé, and this year’s vintage is exceptional!
Although we’ve already gone into the Pinotage cultivar, we’ve never covered the Rosé topic, so here it is…
We came across this awesome article of Town&Country with 18 Things you didn’t know about Rosé:
We took the opportunity to ask Sagaria, a master sommelier, for some details about the pink wine. Here are a few facts that might surprise even a seasoned rosé drinker.
1. Provence is considered the birthplace of French rosé, dating back 2,600 years. Today 141 million bottles, or 75%, of all Provencal wine is rosé.
2. The opening line in Billy Joel’s 1977 hit “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant“—”A bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rosé instead?”—was inspired by a server greeting his table one night at the now-shuttered Fontana di Trevi across from Carnegie Hall.
3. The curvy bowling ball shaped bottle used for rosé in Provence is called a “skittle” or “flûte à corset.”
4. Contrary to popular belief, the Hamptons did NOT run out of rosé last summer.
5. Rosé can be made three ways: skin contact, saignée (bleeding off the juice from pressed red grapes), or blending.
6. The most common way of making rosé Champagne is by mixing red wine with white wine.
7. In 2012, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased Château Miraval and released their first rosé on Valentine’s Day of the following year.
8. Château Miravel also houses a recording studio where artists such as Sting, AC/DC, and Pink Floyd have all recorded songs.
9. It is illegal for winemakers in France outside of Champagne to blend white and red wine to make rosé.
10. The first known sale of rosé Champagne was by Champagne Ruinart in 1764.
11. France is the world’s largest producer of rosé, graciously providing 28% of the planet’s total production. Italy and the U.S. round out the top three.
12. Over the past 10 years, rosé wine production in France has increased more than 30%.
13. France consumes more rosé than white wine.
14. The U.S. is second thirstiest country of rosé consumers in the world (behind France).
15. In 1975 Sutter Home first introduced White Zinfandel to the world by accident when a portion of wine failed to ferment all the way, yielding an off-dry rosé.
16. The New York metro area accounts for nearly 20 percent of all rosé imported to the U.S. Miami accounts for 15 percent.
17. Rosé wine can and should be enjoyed year-round but is often associated with spring and summer as most wineries are bottle and ship their current release in the first half of the year.
18. Most rosé is best consumed within two years from release. Lopez de Heredia from Spain is a well-regarded exception (the current release of their Gran Reserva is from 2000).
AND, did you know there is a song about Rosé, and it’s actually quite catchy:
Although we are very proud of the 2015 Pinotage Rosé – don’t take our word for it, order yours now!
Also read When Did Rosé, Like, Become a Thing? from Vanity Fair
We are proud to announce our results of this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards:
Merwida Barbera 2012 – Gran d’or Double Gold
- Merwida Pinotage 2011 – Gold
- Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – Silver
What is the #MiwaAwards about:
The Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards was established 18 years ago as the only international wine competition in Africa. The competition is unique in South Africa,as all judges are invited wine experts from Europe, the USA, Australia, the UK and Asia. Since the start of the Michelangelo, more than 160 different judges (239 in total over the period) from 42 countries have served on the panels.
We annually receive around 1500 entries from South Africa and other wine, brandy and liqueur-producers around the globe.
The competition has also experienced exceptional support among local producers (and increasingly from international producers) and is considered one of the top wine contests in South Africa with high credibility, transparency and post-event marketing value both locally and abroad.
Our next competition results, the Veritas, will be released on 4 October 2014…
Did you know: Pinotage is a uniquely South African grape variety?
It all started in 1925 when Prof Abraham Perold successfully cross-fertilised Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut), creating the beautiful, proudly South African Pinotage!
Perold observed how Pinot Noir struggled in South Africa’s climate, so he crossed them with a very productive species: Cinsaut (called Hermitage). Perold’s goal was to create a wine that was as delicious as Pinot Noir but grew as well as Cinsaut.
After having conducted the experiment, Perold seems to have forgotten about it. He left the university two years later, his Welgevallen residence stood empty, and the garden became overgrown. The university administration despatched a team to tidy up. That could have been the end of Pinotage, but for an incredible coincidence.
A young lecturer, Dr Charlie Niehaus, who knew about the four seedlings, happened to cycle past Perold’s former residence just as the clean-up team entered the garden. He was just in time to save the seedlings. These were then re-established in the nursery at Elsenburg Agricultural College by Perold’s successor, CJ Theron. The seedlings seem to have spent the next seven years largely ignored. In 1935, Theron grafted material from the seedlings on newly established Richter 99 and Richter 57 rootstock at Welgevallen. Perold used to make regular visits to his old stamping grounds. It was on one of these visits that Theron showed the four grafted vines to his predecessor. Perold rekindled the enthusiasm of ten years previously, and suggested the new variety be propagated immediately. The records of early plantings are frustratingly sketchy. But it’s generally accepted that Elsenberg was the site for the first experimental vineyard of Pinotage. Lecturer CT de Waal is credited with making the first Pinotage wine in small casks at Elsenburg in 1941. The farm Myrtle Grove near Sir Lowry’s Pass will go down in history as the place where the first commercial planting of Pinotage was made.
The result of the crossing between Cinsaut and Pinot Noir was unexpected. The Pinotage grapes were extremely dark in color and the wine they created was bold and high in tannin (that dry feeling in your mouth) and anthocyanin (colour) — nothing its the progenitors. Despite the difference in flavor, Pinotage would eventually become the 2nd most planted grape in South Africa.
Pinotage Character Profile
Food Pairing with Pinotage
Merwida Winery’s Pinotage has a lot of fans! With such a rich history, and the fact that it is proudly South African,why not try our Merwida Pinotage?