Swallows filling our skies, BBQ aromas wafting over the garden fence and the gentle background hum of a distant lawn-mower; all herald the changing of the season.
But for me nothing says summer, quite like seeing the new vintages of our Rosé wines arriving.
And for most of us, thinking of a crisp glass of Rosé conjures up images of sitting in the evening sun on a terrace somewhere in the Mediterranean, which is all well and good, but for me where Rosé’s star really shines, is when it comes to food-matching.
This is probably because of the fact that, due to the way in which it’s made, Rosé expresses some of the character of both red and white wines. Whether you are serving Asian cuisine, tapas or a salad, hot or cold dishes, meat, fish, or vegetables, or even with a BBQ, Rosé will offer a tasty match. In fact, very few other wine-styles are quite so versatile.
With our gloriously unpredictable weather, who knows when the sun will be shining, so why not sip your way into summer this bank holiday weekend with one of the wines below, all which are included in our Rosé promotion which runs all summer long.
Delheim Pinotage Rosé 2014 (€12.99 buy 1 get 2nd ½ price), this hugely popular South African Rosé sits firmly in the 'bursting with fruit' camp. Just off-dry in style and packed with ripe raspberry and cherry flavours. This delicious sunshine wine is just crying out to be paired with a BBQ, its great too with slightly spicy, aromatic cuisine.
L'Ostal Cazes Rosé 2014 (€14.49 buy 1 get 2nd ½ price), in France the current fashion is to make Rosé with just the slightest hint of pink and this Lynch-Bages owned beauty from the Languedoc is a brilliant example of the style, aromatic and packed with flavour. This beautiful strawberry scented dry Rosé is simply superb with barbecued food.
Château de Sours Rosé 2014 (€16.49 buy 1 get 2nd ½ price), is pale pink in colour, luscious and vibrant and offers vivacious red berry fruit aromas along with some delicate mineral characteristics with hints of bubble-gum and mouth-watering strawberries and cream on the palate. It is surprisingly full and rich, balanced by a lovely refreshing acidity and a long dry finish.
Château Riotor Rosé 2014 (€16.49 buy 1 get 2nd ½ price), it is no secret that the most prestigious Rosés come from Provence and this is amongst the best Rosés in the world: a proper wine with excellent structure and fantastic fruit definition. It comes from the Provence estate of the famous Châteauneauf-du-Pape producer Mont-Redon and is wonderfully pale in colour but with a superb depth of fruit, this structured food style is ideal for summer lunches.
However, If pink just isn’t your thing,I can recommend, trying our stunning new find, Domaine du Roc Blanc Picpoul de Pinet 2014, (€15.99) which is a Southern French white that is perfectly suited for summer sipping. It has an intense, complex nose which reveals notes of cool pear, citrus, honey and white flowers. Flavoursome and lively on the palate, it finishes with a remarkable crisp freshness.