2017 Blackwater Lazy Lucy RoseBlend from South Africa
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Not only is this old vine rosé from Swartland, arguably the most up-and-coming region in the world, but it also happens to be fresh and beautifully crafted. If this bottle repr...
Not only is this old vine rosé from Swartland, arguably the most up-and-coming region in the world, but it also happens to be fresh and beautifully crafted. If this bottle represents the quality of all 2017 South African rosés to come, then we are all in for a treat.
The blend consists of Cinsault, Grenache and Chenin Blanc. The Cinsault grapes are picked from a 25 year old dryland bushvine vineyard in Paarl and the Grenache is from a 10 year old block in Botriver. 50% of the Cinsault and all the Grenache is whole bunch pressed. The remaining Cinsault gets destemmed and pressed. The juice is co-fermented in stainless steel, racked off the lees after 4 weeks and then color adjusted with Grenache to get the desired color. Light fining and cold stabilization is performed prior to bottling.
The final product is divine and hardly 'Lazy'. Flirtatious aromas of candied strawberries, rhubarb and raspberry swirl frozen yogurt jump out of the glass. Dig a little deeper and discover a more serious 'Lucy'. She exhibits crisp minerality and unique notes reminiscent of an ocean breeze. The palate is juicy and gulpable, yet presents enough acid to guarantee food friendliness.
|Varietal(s)||Cinsault, Grenache / Garnacha, Chenin Blanc|
|Taste||strawberry, vanilla, musk, black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, honeysuckle, quince, melon and cantaloupe|
|Nose||game, smoke, toast, tar, dust, dark fruit, vanilla, tobacco, red fruit, honeydew, iodine, grass, citrus, melon and kiwi|