I never thought it possible to feel such a strong affinity for a single bottle of wine. Kunjani Wines‘ Stolen Chicken Rosé 2020 not only captivated my palate and imagination, but also stole my heart in a single sip.
The Tall Hedonist and I recently hid away in Kunjani Wines‘ Shiraz Cottage for a long weekend, desperate to release ourselves from the lock-down blues for a few days. Even though it stormed outside for most of the weekend, with waves of rain hammering on the windows, we steeped ourselves in the sanctuary offered by Shiraz Cottage. Its embrace of cozy luxury and “tran-quality” wrapped us in a warmth we didn’t want to escape, no matter the weather.
What this weekend also presented us with, other than a chance of rest and relaxation, was a chance to sample Kunjani’s newly released Stolen Chicken Rosé 2020. I might have trembled a bit in a mix of excitement and anticipation as Pia handed me the beautiful bottle containing the pure liquid rose-gold. I knew it needed a special food pairing, and the Shiraz Cottage’s kitchen allowed me boundless opportunities to cook.
I’ve been captivated by this bottle since our first meeting a little less than a year ago. I was immediately bound by the tender story wrapped between its delicate layers. I was mesmerized by the colour and charisma of the wine, and completely touched by most fitting tribute it paid to Pia’s son, James.
Kunjani is the latest addition to the Bottelary Hills sub-route of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Paul Barth & Pia Watermeyer, husband-and-wife team and owners of Kunjani, have created a contemporary and soulful establishment that reflects cross-continental influences like no other in the winelands of the Western Cape. It is here where good food, fine wine and luxurious accommodation combine to truly reflect the good life … and the true character of this spectacular place where love and passion are reflected in every creation (https://kunjaniwines.co.za/).
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Kunjani Wines’ Stolen Chicken Rosé 2020
Very particular about, but incredibly fond of, my Rosé, I’m yet to find another as deliciously complex as the Stolen Chicken 2020. Every vintage deeper, more layered and somewhat softer and rounder than the last, the 2020 vintage of Stolen Chicken is the best thing to come out of this year.
Tasting notes: Very pale salmon colour. Aromas of strawberry, candyfloss, and cranberry with clean and fruit-forward notes abound. Red berries, sherbet, and a racy acidity is detected on the finish.
In the vineyard: Elgin. A combination of two Merlot clones and two Shiraz were used to produce this rosé. These vineyards were planted in Ferrucreek, Tafelberg Shale and Sandstone soil.
In the cellar: A soft and slow pressing process delivered free run juice with an exceptionally light colour with no colour adjustments afterwards. After settling, the juice is fermented at 11 to 13 °C to produce beautiful, fruity aromas. Once fermentation was completed, the wine was kept on the lees for 2 ½ months before bottling. The final blend comprises 88% Merlot and 12% Shiraz.
Ageing potential: The wine shows exceptionally well when enjoyed young.
Cellar door price: approx. R130 per bottle
Netflix and pizza night
With the Cape Town winter pelting down in all its forms outside, The Tall Hedonist and I rejoiced in a rare opportunity of a night in. Surrounded by luxuries in the Shiraz Cottage, we decided to fall back to our three favourite things, in no particular order; pizza, Netflix and a bottle of Stolen Chicken Rosé.
I quickly mixed up a pizza dough and pan-fried it until it was deliciously crispy and brown. Not wanting to overpower the wine, I opted for a veggie pizza, filled with roasted brinjal, baby marrow, cherry tomatoes, red onion, green pepper, feta and plump olives.
Tim popped the cork on the Stolen Chicken and glugged pure happiness into our glasses. A melty, cheesy pizza, velvety blankets, a sink-in couch and an animated movie completed the scene.
The Stolen Chicken Rosé does not demand certain foods to accompany its pale salmon hues. It only asks that you pair it with special memories, your favourite food, lots of laughter and those who feel like sunshine.
If you’re looking for a great wine tasting experience, and a stunning place for lunch, take a drive out to Kunjani Wines.
Kunjani wine tastings are conducted seven days a week and offer patrons the opportunity to explore the 6 wines in the Kunjani portfolio in a relaxed atmosphere. The range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tastings cost R60 per person and are offered between 10.00 and 17.00 daily.
Thank you, Kunjani Wines, for pouring your hearts and souls into your bottles. For ensuring that every bottle is an experience; rather than just simply a wine. May the Stolen Chicken legacy touch many more people’s lives and hearts, so that its story will continue to be told.
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.