{wine} Finding love in the everyday: Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé

I consciously try to find something in every day that I love purely, fully and without condition. Zandvliet Wine Estate has recently given me that something that I can love abundantly with the introduction of their new Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé.

Introduction

Find the good in every day, they say. Because we all know I don’t do half-measures, I believe that one should find something to love fully in every day. One thing that makes you intrinsically happy, one thing that you can love without any reservation.

Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé is the wine I’ve been waiting to love, and a stunning reminder that romance is all around us, even in the smallest things.

Background

A new rosé has been unveiled by Zandvliet Wine Estatethe home of Shiraz in the famed Robertson Valley of Roses. Captivating and chic, the Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé has a depth of flavour to be expected from masterly-crafted wine.

It is well-known that the quality of any wine is determined by the quality of fruit in the vineyard. For this wine however, Shiraz grapes were specifically farmed to make high-quality rosé.

“From the start, we were determined to create a wine that reflected the history of Zandvliet and its long heritage with Shiraz,” says winemaker Jacques Cilliers, who has been with Zandvliet since 2012. “We also wanted it to be a tribute to the unique characters who have shaped its story.

“We like to think of the long romance between Zandvliet and Shiraz having culminated this year in this ‘pink-feet’ rosé,” he adds (press release).

Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé

I could live on wine and love alone. I am a chaser of romance and a seeker of the aesthetic. I drew in my breath as I lifted this exquisite bottle from its box, almost too scared to touch the fragile watercolour petals on the label in fear that they might smudge. As I held the bottle to the light, I couldn’t miss the unmistakable glitter of  gold shimmer through the rosy hues – this is such a charmingly romantic interpretation of the humble Shiraz grape.

I swooned over the first sip for way too long; sitting hand in head, I savoured every nuance, enveloped in the Zandvliet promise of excellence and quality. Once, again, this is a masterpiece they can now add to their gallery of art-pieces; another bottle that can be pedestaled as one of the best of its kind.

Zandvliet can be proud, but this was a proud moment for me, too. In that moment, Zandvliet reminded me that falling in love with something every day doesn’t have to be grand or luxurious. It could be as simple as the act of swirling wine in anticipation of the first sip, watching the colours sparkle off the glass.

Accolades: Double Gold medal awarded at the Rosé Rocks, the dedicated championship for South African rosé wines.
Tasting notes: 
Gold-pink in colour and displays a distinct bouquet of rose petals, melon, strawberries and raspberry coulis. The palate is well rounded though refreshingly vibrant, packed with red fruit flavours and a long, floral finish. Best enjoyed chilled.

In the vineyard: Gentle, south-facing slope in rocky, chalk-rich soils
In the cellar:
Attentive vinification followed in the cellar resulting in a wine that makes a proud addition to the Zandvliet portfolio.
Cellar door price:
approx. R85 and is available from the farm and selected wine retailers countrywide. Zandvliet Wine Estate is located near the village of Ashton, off the R60.

The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: I felt so loved up. My head was floating on hues of pink and sugar coated clouds. So, in honour of the month of love, I decided to pair the Zandvliet Shiraz Rosé with shortbread hearts (adapted from this recipe).

Sandwiched together with lashings of Turkish Delight buttercream, these are real little showstoppers, and I couldn’t help falling in love (yes, again!) with the buttery, creamy texture of the biscuit, gorgeously draped in marshmallowy icing. A little bitter from the melted dark chocolate drizzle smoothes out the sweetness. Perfect for after dinner, before dinner, lunchboxes or just a Netflix late-night indulgence, they’re sure to melt hearts.

These buttery hearts create the perfect canvas for the subtle flavours of the rosé to paint their portrait of romance. Flirting with the melt-in-the-mouth texture of the biscuit, this is a great combination for that something extra when you need a little bit of TLC.

If romantic interpretations of food is not really your thing – this rosé pairs beautifully with light sea-food dishes, pork tenderloin, creamy pasta dishes and fresh, herby salads. Don’t be shy to add a bit of spice to the affair – it holds its own against the fiery notes of peri-peri, moroccan marinades or garlic butters.

Fill your cheeseboard with gooey, soft and creamy cheeses, as well as decadently thick slices of cured ham, gammon or even roast beef. This wine was made for food, and the love affair will continue long after the last bite.

In conclusion

I’ve always had a soft spot for a gorgeous rosé, but this one is simply exceptional. From the first time my feet touched Zandvliet soil, I instinctively knew they had something great going on (read more about my visit to Zandvliet here). The addition of the Shiraz Rosé is no exception, and continues in the path to excellence alongside their current portfolio.

Thank you, Zandvliet Wine Estate, for reminding me to fall in love with something every day, and for giving me something spectacular to fall in love with.

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.

The Little Hedonist endorses responsible drinking.
Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.

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