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Noble Hill is a pioneer of the Provençal style, having made the first rosé of Mourvèdre in South Africa. Taking inspiration from Bandol, this rosé stands out with a light salmon pink colour and a bit of orange peel on the rim. The wine elicits aromas of strawberries, watermelon, and black currant. It has a crisp, dry finish and is the perfect accompaniment to summertime.

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  • South Africa    Paarl    Simonsberg-Paarl
  • 100%
    Mourvèdre
     
  • Alcohol
      12.5%
  • Certified sustainable
  • Natural wine
  • Oak
      No oak contact
  • Organic in conversion
  • Production
      1,250 cases
  • Residual sugar
      2.2 g/l
  • Soil
      Granite and clay
  • Vegan
  • Vineyard aspect
      Northwest
  • Vineyard elevation
      190m
  • Vineyard planted
      2003
  • Vineyard size
      0.8 hectares
  • Award
      91 points, Tim Atkin MW (2019 vintage)
  • Award
      Top 10 Rosés in South Africa, Tim Atkin 2019 Special Report

Because the Mourvèdre (moor-veh-druh) grape is originally from the warm shores of the Mediterranean, it is well-suited to the climate at Noble Hill and grows vigorously. The small estate vineyard of 0.8 hectares is box-pruned to retain a large number of buds. This yields a balance between vegetative growth and fruiting. Noble Hill achieves a low yield by dropping uneven bunches before harvest.

During crush the grapes are left in the press, in contact with the skins, between one and 1.5 hours. This skin contact gives the wine its salmon and onion-skin colouration. The wine is fermented naturally in stainless steel tanks and bottled with minimal intervention.