A re­veal­ing rosé

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Wine of the Week: Hid­den Trea­sure Rosé 2015 R115 Do South African bankers have a prob­lem with al­co­hol? You may come to this con­clu­sion if you no­tice all the wine com­pe­ti­tions and sponsored shows: FNB Sauvi­gnon Blanc Top 10; Absa Pino­tage Top 10; RMB WineX and the an­nual Ned­bank Cape Wine­mak­ers’ Guild Auc­tion.

Per­haps the most lav­ish are Stan­dard Bank, whose credit card fran­chise Din­ers Club even owns the largest wine guide, Plat­ters, which scores wines the way a banker would – af­ter check­ing out the cre­den­tials of the pro­ducer, as tast­ings are sighted. Un­like our own blind tast­ings, which are sponsored by wealth man­agers Well­sFaber.

The odd bank out – and not sur­pris­ingly the most prof­itable – is Capitec. Ex­cept for the fact that last year for­mer Capitec CEO and founder Ri­aan Stassen pur­chased Hid­den Val­ley on the Helder­berg.

The name of the es­tate, Hid­den Val­ley, is a pun on the sur­name of for­mer owner Dave Hid­den and is some­thing of a mis­nomer, as the es­tate is high up on the Helder­berg with views all the way to Antarc­tica.

The Hid­den Trea­sure Rosé 2015 is the first of a new Hid­den Trea­sure range to emerge from the farm and it caught som­me­lier Gre­gory Mutambe’s at­ten­tion the mo­ment he tasted it. Made from three­quar­ters Mer­lot grapes, with the rest equal por­tions Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and Shi­raz, it comes in an im­ported glass bot­tle with odd an­gles that can be re­cy­cled as a wa­ter de­canter for the ta­ble.

The wine it­self is fresh and straw­berry fruited, and a great pic­nic com­pan­ion. Try it with roast chicken salad or a plate of cold meat.

South African rosés are a ne­glected cat­e­gory and cer­tainly one wor­thy of their own com­pe­ti­tion if Capitec feels the cor­po­rate urge. They are great wines for au­tumn, be­ing half­way houses between win­ter reds and sum­mer whites. Mutambe is head som­me­lier at The Twelve

Apos­tles ho­tel, Camps Bay


TASTE TEST Head som­me­lier Gre­gory Mutambe

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