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Rosé's Return

Rosé's Return


We may not be experiencing the most Summer-like weather just now, but with tomorrow being the 1st of July and most schools breaking up this week we are heading into peak season for holidays.

I’m sure that just like me, anyone else planning on holidaying at home will already have weighed up the pros and cons of staying in Ireland against heading away, and no doubt our weather will feature pretty highly on the con side.

For me though, the staycation won out because I believe the trick to getting over the weather is all about being in the right state of mind.

So even though I may be dashing out between the showers to light the barbeque, it definitely will be lit and just because I’m not basking in the Mediterranean sun, I will certainly be enjoying some delicious Rosé wines on my break.

So with this in mind I have decided to return to the topic of Rosé today, now the last time I wrote about pink wines, it was with very much of a French-focus, which is fair enough given how instrumental French winemakers have been in bringing about Rosé’s revival.

But to leave it at that would mean missing out on many great examples from around the winemaking world.

I have chosen three wines below which should illustrate what a wonderfully diverse wine style Rosé can be.

To start I am going with a wine from Spain 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.


The name Naranjas Azules (Blue Oranges) is a reference to the un-expected and this un-orthodox method of winemaking, also un-expected, the eye-catching pink box doubles as a water-proof wine cooler!

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 the 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.


Molinara vines overlooking the Stunning lake Garda

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.

If ever a wine deserved to be called ‘Sunshine in a Glass’ this is it!


Delheim's beautiful Stellenbosch Estate

All of the wines above are included in our buy one get one ½ price promotion all summer long.

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