By Lorcan O'Brien | Wine Content Specialist
Rosé season is upon us once again, which means the return of our exciting Summer Rosé Selection: get up to 25% off an exciting selection of rosés from around the world. And to celebrate the season, there are limited stocks of our customer favourite Domaine de L'Ostal Rosé, 6 bottles for only €60!
And to get you in the Summer mood our Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW, will be hosting the exciting Taste of Summer Online Rosé Tasting on 12th May. See below for more details.
Did You Know?.... rosé is made with black-skinned grape varieties and get their colour from steeping the grape skins with the grape juice (called maceration). The longer this maceration lasts, the deeper the colour of the wine- think of a steeping tea bag. For a red wine, maceration may last many weeks to extract a pronounced colour. For rosé wines the skins may be removed after only a few hours to leave the an elegant pink colour and delicate berry fruit flavours.
RRP: €16.95, Now: €12.71
Rós Rosé is made on an artisanal scale by O’Briens Wine Director Lynne Coyle and Bodega Tandem in Navarra, Spain.
It is made with 100% Garnacha grapes, which are grown in sustainably farmed vineyards in the cooler Yerri Valley, close to the cooling influence of the Pyrenees Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
After hand-picking the grapes and a short skin maceration, the grapes are fermented using wild vineyard yeasts and a minimal intervention regime follows in the winery.
Rós Rosé is food friendly, dry, crisp, and elegant with summery red fruit notes of raspberry and strawberry and a refreshing lingering finish.
A versatile food wine, ideal for light tapas lunches, such as Padrón peppers or Prawns Pil-Pil.
Rós Winemakers Alicia Eyaralar (L) and Lynne Coyle MW (R)
RRP: €16.95 , Now: €12.71
Gaia Wines was founded in 1994 by Agriculturalist Leon Karatsalos and Enologist Yiannis Paraskevopoulosan. They own two distinct vineyard sites in Greece: one Peloponnesian region of Nemea, and one on the island of Santorini.
Their 4-6H rosé is something of a rarity. It is made from Agiorgitiko grapes, a fragrant variety native to Greece's Peloponnese peninsula. A Mediterranean climate prevails here, and the 15-30 year old vines are grown at altitudes ranging from 800 to 1,040 metres above sea level, which helps to retain acidity and freshness in the wine.
Expect a delicate pale pink i nthe glass, with notes of strawberry, pomegranate and rose petals before that refreshing crisp acidity on the long finish.
For a Mediterranean treat, try skewered sardines cooked over the BBQ with plenty of good olive oil.
RRP: €19.95, Now: €14.96
Pasqua 11 Minutes Rosé has established itself as one of our firm customer favourite rosés and the new vintage is always eagerly awaited.
It is crafted with a blend of local and international grape varieties: Carmenère, Corvina, Syrah and Trebbiano and undergoes a relatively brief maceration during the winemaking process, giving 11 Minutes its distinctive pale, salmon pink colour.
Pasqua 11 Minutes Rosé offers fresh strawberry, raspberry and grapefruit flavours on the palate, balanced by refreshing acidity and a long crisp finish. For lovers of dry refreshing, crisp rosé wine then this is a must try!
Try this with a bowl of pasta topped with sun dried tomatoes, olives, and plenty of purple basil.
Rhône Valley, France
RRP: €14.95, Now: €11.21
We introduced Passe Colline Ventoux Rosé last year and it was so popular we had to bring it back!
It is made by Rhonéa, a quality-focused co-operative based in the Rhône Valley, working via sustainable farming methods. The vineyards for this rosé are located on steep hillside slopes with pebbly soils, with a climate that is both windy and sunny and ideal for growing the three grapes in this rosé blend: the Grenache grapes offer a pure fruited character, the Carignan brings complex savoury notes, and the Syrah offers an elegant colour.
Passe Colline Ventoux Rosé bursts with summer berry aromas, a palate of redcurrant and raspberry balanced by lively acidity and a hint of savoury flint on the long finish.
Smoked salmon salad in the garden.
Thursday 12th May, 7pm
Only €55, including delivery
What better way to celebrate the launch of rosé season than an online tasting exploring the delicious world of modern rosé?
Join O'Briens Wine Director Lynne Coyle MW on Thursday 12th May as she is joined by fellow winemakers Leon Karatsalos of GAIA Wines and fourth generation winemaker of Château Gairoird, Olivier de Pierrefeu.
To secure your spot, simply purchase the online tasting case and join us on the 12th May at 7pm.
On the Monday before the event, we will send you a zoom link for the tasting. If you cannot make it on the night, don’t worry as we will send you a link to the video and you can watch at your leisure.
This case includes four full bottles of rosé, entry to the online tasting and will be shipped to your location anywhere in ROI for €55:
-Gaia 4-6H Agiorgitiko Rosé 2021
-Château de Gairoird Organic Rosé 2020
-Rós Rosé 2021
-Pasqua 11 mins 2021
We hope you can join us.
Lorcan is O’Briens Wine Content Specialist, charged with spreading the wine word and keeping our customers and staff up to date with news of our wines and winemakers through his dedicated and passionate writing. Previously an O’Briens store Manager, Lorcan has written about wine in Ireland and Spain and is currently studying for the WSET Diploma. In his spare time Lorcan hosts wine tastings, blogs about wine and judges in wine competitions.
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