Rosé is an all occasion wine full of freshness, brightness, crispness, and lightness. Proper rosé is made from the gentle and short extraction of juice from red grape varieties to obtain only the lightest tinges of pinks from the grape skins. After this extraction, rosé is largely made in the same way as white wine.
Many, even most, red grape varieties or blends thereof are suitable for making rosé. Different varieties give different flavours and colours and there is an official colour coding that refers to the flesh of fruits including: cantelope, peach, red currant, ruby grapefruit, mango and mandarin.
This Grenache and Shiraz blend is an extremely inviting, ethereal pale pink, aromatically subtle at first, with delicate florals and gentle fruit esters giving way to more assertive citrus peel, tangerine, red apple, strawberry and cranberry notes flecked with musk and spice. The delicate appearance belies a vibrant and rich palate with pliant acidity and fresh berry, juicy citrus and pomegranate complexity, melding with pleasing accents of strawberries and cream. This party of flavours is supported by a soft, slippery texture with some finishing grip which preserves the hedonistic sensations while you reach for the next glass.
Great with shared plates of chargrilled octopus, Parmesan and pumpkin arancini, grilled chorizo, Jamon Iberico and crusty bread.
Drink now or over the next two years.