Cocoa Hill Rose



Vintage: 2019

Origin: Stellenbosch

Varieties: Merlot


“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 Rose made via direct pressing of Merlot providing a wine with an alluring salmon colour and appealing drinkability.

Tasting Notes:
This wine has a soft, pale pink colour and is bursting with aromas of strawberries and pink grapefruit. The palate is vibrant with a good balance between the bright acidity and flavours of Turkish delight, sweet red berries and pomegranate. The finish is juicy and dry and the wine has a pleasant length.

Vintage Conditions:                                                                                                                                            2019 was an excellent vintage for Rosé at Dornier. The ripening season was cooler than the previous three vintages. The result of this cooler season was that the grapes ripened at lower sugar levels and with a fresher natural acidity and more delicate flavours.

Fermentation and Ageing:
The Merlot ripened in late February. The grapes were hand-picked, and pressed directly after destemming in order to obtain light pink juice. The resultant light pink juice fermented for 14 days at 12 degrees Celsius and spent a further four months on full lees to provide fullness and body to the wine.

Food Pairing:
With its alluring pink colour this wine is a good pair with fresh salmon, cold meats, lobster, salads, lighter pastas and even complements tomato based dishes that one usually struggles to find suitable wine matches for. It is also a great match for sushi


Tasting Notes