SA has a new rosé on the shelves. Pexels

Rosé has often been described as “romance in a bottle” now South Africa can add a new love story to its winemaking tale.

Van Loveren Wine Family Vineyards in the Robertson Wine Valley has produced SA’s first Pinot Grigio Rosé the Perlé de Jean.

What makes it different

  • The Perlé de Jean Pinot Grigio 2018 has an alcohol content of only 12%
  • It boasts a beautiful, elegant and romantic pale rose petal colour with a bright hue. 
  • It pairs well with pork chops and grilled peaches, summer salads, sushi, grilled vegetables and fresh berries.
  • Winemaker Chris Crafford says: “It displays a fine nose with enticingly fresh notes of raspberries, strawberries, red currant, ripe citrus and melon with a gentle lemon undertone...It is medium in weight, crisp with good grip and fine extract, and boasts elegant fruit and lingering persistence on the palate.” 
SA’s first Pinot Grigio Rosé the Perlé de Jean. Picture supplied

The wine producers decided to dedicate SA’s first Perlé-styled Pinot Grigio Rosé to the late Retief matriarch, Jean, who was well-known for her love of gardening and the lush garden she, with husband Hennie, established at the estate, starting in 1939. 

Many of the trees were planted to commemorate special occasions, and therefore the Van Loveren garden includes specimens that represent historical events, political figures, eleven grandchildren, head-boys and head-girls, graduation ceremonies and other achievements. 

The garden is still intact and visited by hundreds of tourists each year. 

The Perlé de Jean Pinot Grigio 2018 is available from most outlets nationwide at R69,99 per bottle.