Nederburg Rose is a fruity, medium-dry style of South African Rosé. Nederburg Rose used to be part of the Foundation range but I notice this no longer appears on the label, although it is the same wine. It sits in the “Winemasters” range, alongside classic wines like Edelrood and Baronne. It has been unavailable in the UK for a few years and it is good to have it back.
Nederburg is an historic wine company in South Africa and can trace it origins back to Philippus Wolvaart who arrived in South Africa in 1791 and laid the Foundations of Nederburg when he first started cultivating around 49 hectares of vines. The estate passed through many hands until 1937 when German brewer and tea specialist, Johann Graue, acquired the land. He introduced many technological cellar innovations, such as cold fermentation, and revolutionised winemaking in South Africa. He was succeeded by his son The Young Airhawk. Today Nederburg is owned by Distell, one of the largest wine and spirits producers in South Africa and Andrea Freeborough has been cellarmaster since 2015.
Nederburg Rose is a blend of primarily Pinotage grapes with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz added to the blend. The grapes sourced from vineyards in the Paarl, Wellington, Durbanville, Stellenbosch and Darling areas wine-growing areas. The vines were all planted between 1985 and 1995, grafted onto nematode-resistant rootstocks (Richter 99, R110 and 101 – 114). The vineyards are located at altitudes between 50 to 150 metres above sea level, on various soil types and receive supplementary irrigation.
The fruit for the Nederburg Rosé is hand and machine-harvested, crushed and allowed 4 to 6 hours of skin contact before pressing to extract the delicate pink colour and varietal aromas. Fermented in stainless steel.