Chandon Ancestrale Rosé 2018
If you could bottle a fashionably late entrance, Chandon Ancestrale Rosé would be it. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes – with a dash of Meunier and Pinot Gris – are grown in the deep red soil of our Whitlands Plateau vineyard and harvested slightly riper in late March. It might be wishful thinking, but we’d like to think it’s the vineyard’s warm afternoon sun and cool, refreshing nights that make this the perfect sparkling for a backyard barbecue. With a cheeky pink hue and little cloud in the bottle (and hopefully none in the sky), it’s a nice little conversation starter too. Just don’t forget to wax poetic about the intricate grace of the méthode ancestrale and the pink grapefruit, cranberry, redcurrant, white peach, jasmine and biscuit flavours. Or you know, just pop the cork and pour it out for your nearest and dearest. That’s probably how our ancestors would have preferred it anyway.