Rossouw, Gouws & Clarke Dry Red 2021
By Christian Eedes, 12 September 2021
From a 1968 Swartland vineyard of Pinotage farmed by Scholtz Rossouw, made by Jurgen Gouws of Intellego and bottled by David Clarke of wine agency Ex Animo, this wine sees 90% of the fruit fermented whole bunch under semi-carbonic conditions for 10 days and the other 10% of the fruit treated as a rosé and blended back after malolactic fermentation.
Cherry, red currant and a hint of pomegranate plus overtones of fynbos and white pepper on the nose while the palate is seemingly light (although not entirely insubstantial given an alcohol of 13%) with snappy acidity and fine tannins. About as far away from Beyerskloof Diesel as you could possibly get but still plenty of flavour with a real urgency about it – best served chilled. Price: R175 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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