Cocoa Hill Rose



Vintage: 2023

Origin: Stellenbosch

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon


While Cape Merchants were trading in sugar and spice
Pirates were drinking and dancing and rolling the dice
Long Ben – as fierce as he was tall,
looted and pillaged and scavenged from all
when luck ran out he settled ashore
planted some vines and battled no more
from Cocoa Hill he watched the ships sail by
savoured the wine and let out a cry – Gunsway


A fresh, dry and vibrant Rosé made via direct pressing of Cabernet Sauvignon providing a wine with an alluring salmon colour and appealing drinkability.

Tasting Notes:

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

Vintage Conditions:                                                                                                                                                         

2023 was an excellent vintage for the Rosé on Dornier. The ripening season was cooler than the previous vintage. 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 Cabernet Sauvignon 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, crayfish and salads. It is also a great match for sushi.

Tasting Notes