Wine is a daily essential part of my life. I am either tasting it, drinking it, reading about it or studying it pretty much everyday. Sometimes I do three out of four! As much as it is a centerpiece of my daily routine, I don’t consider myself a wine snob. My goal is to find wines that can be enjoyed on a regular basis and reflect value for the purchase. Sure, I can easily enjoy a $200 bottle of wine… as long as someone else is paying for it!! That, unfortunately, doesn’t happen often . It it did, I might be a wine snob — but I’m not.
So unless I win the big lottery (Alas, you have to actually play to win), I will keep writing about the wines that bring everyday pleasure.
Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon.
You can now tell your friends you drink South African wine! Why did I choose this one? Less than $10. Lots of flavor. And it is readily available at your local, un-snobby, retail wine store or grocery. It really isn’t fun to read about wines that you can’t find near you or, if you do, you can’t afford them. .
This is not some red wine bled off early in the winemaking process to give more flavor to what remained in the tank. The Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were grown specifically to make Rose´. It is a beautiful deep pink rose color and has flavors of bright cherries, pomegranate, and Fanta orange. There is a little earthiness that reminds me of woody stems.
I enjoyed this wine with some Thai food. My Chicken Larb (oddest name ever!) Salad with some red pepper hot sauce washed down very well with this little gem. My husband liked it with his Thai dumplings. I also liked it just sitting on our patio. No surprise there!! At 12. 5% alcohol you can sip it solo or pair with shrimp, salmon, cheeses, barbecue, sandwiches, roasted pork, fish tacos, etc., etc., etc. Because that’s how it is with Rose´.