Complimentary Allée Bleue branded slip-slops on arrival at The Grand Café and Beach in Granger Bay for the launch of the 2010 vintage of this Franschhoek cellar’s Brut Rosé 2010 (cellar price: R98 a bottle) made for a pretty succinct positioning statement: fun, summer drinking.
Winemaker Van Zyl du Toit started at Allée Bleue in July 2009 after a long stint at Simonsig where he was involved in the production of Kaapse Vonkel, so he knows a thing or two about bubbly. The 2010, which is his first effort from scratch, is a clear step up in quality on the 2009, where he inherited the base wine from his predecessor, the final product a bit rough and ready.
In the case of the 2010, Du Toit has used 65% Pinotage, 20% Chenin Blanc (both from own vineyards) plus 15% of Walker Bay Pinot Noir and left it on the lees for 10 months. It has a pronounced red cherry flavour, somewhat unusual for a bubbly but quite winning. Plenty of upfront fruit, light mousse, dry finish. More-ish if not hugely complex. Score: 15/20.