Given the choice between a glass of still rosé and a double Tanqueray and tonic with a fresh slice of lemon and lots of ice why would anyone opt for the former? Bottom line is I really don’t get pink wine.
On hearing this, part-time winemaker Jean-Marie Kritzinger felt sure she could sway me and insisted I try her VinJeanne Rosé 2010, made in the style of Provence and predominantly from Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley Shiraz (R40 a bottle).
To keep me honest, I opened it next to Morgenster’s Italian Collection Caruso 2011 from Sangiovese and a serious take on rosé if the price of R78 a bottle is anything to go by.
Two totally different styles, with VinJeanne showing clean, pure red cherry fruit and bright acidity while the Caruso was characterised by rich strawberry fruit and soft acidity. I liked the perkiness of Kritzinger’s wine (score: 15/20) while I found the Morgenster offering bordering on the insipid (score: 14/20) and is precisely why I don’t normally care for rosé.