Cocoa Hill Rose



Vintage: 2020

Origin: Stellenbosch

Varieties: Tempranillo


“In a time of seafaring and spice, pirates played in Table Bay…
Among them was Long Ben – as fierce as he was tall,
he looted and pillaged and scavenged from all.
Ben fast became known for being up to no good,
and so fled from the seas and gave up his loot.
He planted some vines, as was the way,
and peered out towards the ocean almost every day.
Long Ben would have gazed longingly at the vista of Table Bay
from where our vines grow today, on Cocoa Hill.”


A fresh, dry and vibrant Rosé made of Tempranillo providing a wine with an alluring salmon colour and appealing drinkability.

Tasting Notes:

This wine has a bright salmon pink colour and is bursting with aromas of strawberries and rose petals. The palate is vibrant with a good balance between the acidity and flavours of cherries and raspberries. The finish is juicy and dry and the wine has a pleasant length.

Vintage Conditions:                                                                                                                                                         

2020 was an excellent vintage for Rosé on Dornier. The cool spring and early summer led to grapes ripening at lower sugar levels while retaining its natural acidity and delicate flavours.


Fermentation and Ageing:

The Tempranillo ripened in mid-January and was the first grapes harvested for the 2020 season. The grapes were hand-picked from the Smart-Dyson trellis system, and pressed directly after destemming in order to obtain light pink juice. The juice fermented for 14 days at 12 degrees Celsius and spent a further six months on full lees to provide creaminess and body to the wine.

Food Pairing:

With its alluring pink colour this wine is a good pair with fresh salmon, cold meats, crayfish, salads, pastas and all tapas.

Tasting Notes