As I write, the sun is beating through the office window, and with this in mind, I have decided to return to the topic of Rosé for my blog today.
Regular readers will by now that I am a huge fan of Rosé wines, the main reason being that can be such good wines for food-matching, particularly with the grilled fish, barbecues and salads filling our tables just now.
I have chosen four wines below which should illustrate what a wonderfully diverse wine style Rosé can be.
The most classic region for Rosé has to be the South of France, so to start I am going with a new wine from the Languedoc region, Gérard Bertrand's Hedonisme is a delicious, berry-scented, organic, dry-Rosé. Bursting with fruit on the palate & quite full-bodied for a Rosé but all very well-balanced.
We cross the Pyrenees into central Spain for my next choice, which is made from the most traditional grape used for Rosé; Garnacha (or Grenache in the south of France), but apart from the choice of grape variety, Naranjas Azules is anything but traditional.
In the winery, these black Garnacha grapes are handled in exactly the same way as if making a white wine, yielding a very pale pink Rosé that remains deliciously crisp and dry. For food matches think tapas such as Seafood Paella or Prawns Pil-Pil.
Next up is Italy and the region of Lake Garda in particular, Bertarose is a blend of the local grape variety Molinara and Merlot, both of which are grown on the gently sloping hills which sit above the Lake.
Anyone who has visited this area will surely agree with me that this must be one of the most picturesque locations in which to grow grapes.
I like to think that all this natural beauty can’t but have inspired the winemakers in delivering a rich, full-flavoured Rosé bursting with ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, this is a must try - a sumptuous Rosé that over-delivers in every way.
Barbecued pork chops with a simple marinade of lemon and garlic would be the perfect partner for this wine.
For my final selection, we have to head south, nearly 9,000km in fact to the South African region of Stellenbosch.
It is here that Delheim craft their wonderfully exotic Rosé, using their national grape variety Pinotage and just a splash of Muscat. This wine sits firmly in the 'bursting with fruit' camp, just off-dry in style and packed with ripe raspberry and cherry flavours.
All that fruit makes this wine a great match for lightly-spiced Asian dishes.
If ever a wine deserved to be called ‘Sunshine in a Glass’ this is it!
All of the wines above are included in our buy one get one ½ price promotion all summer long.