Excelsior Caitlyn Rose is the second vintage release of Exclesior’s Rosé. It is named after Peter de Wet’s daughter, Caitlyn Rose, who was born in September 2013. The grapes are from the Shiraz plantings.
Grapes are harvested by hand for greater quality control. After destemming, the grapes were transferred to tanks overnight. The next morning we “bled” off 5% of the juice from the Shiraz, and this juice was fermented with wild yeasts.
The 2018 vintage is one of the healthiest on record but slightly smaller than average. The rosé wines in particular are bright, clean with good structure.
This rosé has blueberry notes on the nose, whilst the palate is ripe and juicy, with a nice fresh acidity.