A revealing rosé
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