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Wine of the Week: The View Winery's 2020 Pink Rhino rosé

The View Winery's trio. of Rosés all housed in green glass to prevent Lightstrike.
The View Winery's trio. of Rosés all housed in green glass to prevent Lightstrike.

Now called Pink Rhino, The View Winery’s Pinotage rosé is now housed in a green glass bottle. Jennifer Turton Molgat chose the new name to celebrate the rhinoceros that the winery has adopted in South Africa. The proceeds from the sales of this wine will go towards caring for the rhino whose life, like a lot of endangered wildlife, felt the negative effects of COVID-19. Molgat has family roots in South Africa which is what inspired the family to plant Pinotage in the first place. Brava!

Say no to lightstrike: The other big news is the green glass bottles. After learning about the negative effects that light can have on the wine, called lightstrike, The View has chosen darker glass to protect the integrity of the wine. Typically, rosé is bottled in clear glass to market the beautiful pink colour but as Jennifer explained: “After becoming educated on the negative effects that UV and blue light can have on rosé wines, we decided to bottle ours in protective green glass”.

2020 Pink Rhino Rosé - $22.95 per bottle with proceeds going toward the WWF Adopt a Rhino Campaign.

Blend: 85% Pinotage, 15% Riesling for 48 Cases

This Pinotage Rosé was produced using a “true” rosé method, by destemming and soaking the juice in the press on the colored skins. Following roughly six hours on skins, the juice was drained with light pressing and minimal rotations and kept at 0 C in tank for 14 days where it was stirred on its juice lees (stabulation) adding texture, aromatics and complexity to the juice before clarifying.  Fermentation was carried out after racking clean juice to two stainless steel tanks and fermenting long and cold (14-15C) to preserve fresh aromatics with Actiflor Rosé and QA23 yeast. The wine was finished just shy of dry and blended with 15% of  Riesling to buck up acidity, curb alcohol and create a perfect harmony with that hint of residual sugar. Bottled early in February 2020 after minimal fining and filtration.

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