Cape Rock Wines, run by father-and-son team Willie and Gavin Brand, is situated between the towns of Vredendal and Lutzville on the banks of the Olifants River. On Friday, a tasting of some of the current releases next to some very worthy local and international counterparts, and I was really impressed with the quality relative to price on show.
Cape Rock Rosé 2013
A blend of Mourvèdre and Grenache. Red cherry and some attractive herbal character. Pure fruit, bright acidity. Pleasantly lean – alcohol by volume only 11.5%.
Cape Rock GRV 2013
A third each Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier. Subtle but complex showing citrus, pear and peach as well as a floral note. Pure and focused with a driving acidity. Nice pithy finish – great with grilled sardines.
Cape Rock SMV 2012
85% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Viognier. Very expressive with red and black fruit plus intense spice on the nose and palate. Rich and full but balanced on the whole. Ever so slight baked quality due to particularly extended hang-time – alcohol by volume 15%.