A quirky take of a classic Côtes du Rhône white blend, all the way from South Africa and the vineyards of Charles Back. While the name of these blends, there is a red and a rosé, are a play on the French region there is also a back story for the Goats du Roam. The story profferred by Back is that his son left the gate open and the goats got out to eat the ripe grapes out in the vineyard. Works for me…
In true Rhône style, it is a blend of Roussanne (39%) and perfumed Viognier 39% with companion varieties Grenache Blanc 13% and Marsanne 10%. Fruity apple and grapefruit aromas take on a spicy cumin nuance. Even though this blend is fermented in stainless steel, the wine has spent time on lees and developed a spiciness. The texture remains crisp and refreshing.
It is easy to enjoy this white with a grilled spicy spatchcock, or a creamy pasta with scallops and garlic. Chill it down and enjoy it whatever the weather.
Quickie review «The crisp, refreshing white companion of the South African Rhônish trio. »
Country of Origin: Western Cape, South Africa
Tasting Date: January 2020
Price: US$8++ | UK £9.5 | AU$16
Needs food: no
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