Wine Club Boxes "Summer lovin’ Rosés"
It doesn’t look as though we’ll be off to warmer climes this summer but the garden beckons. Pale pink, Provence style, rosés have ruled the roost for a few years now but frizzante and more robust and fruity wines add variety and are often more food friendly. Portuguese rosés are a surprising success and always great value.
Finca Fabian Garnacha Rosado. Dominio di Punctum have learnt a thing or two from winemakers in Provence and come up with this delicious pale pink rosé. Great value, refreshing rosé made from night harvested Garnacha grapes. Lovely raspberry/salmon colour with rich, red cherry flavours. Good with salads, tapas and canapes.
Mas de Longchamp ‘Les Alpilles’ Rosé. From the unfashionable, Bouches-du-Rhône department of Provence this ticks all the boxes for value and drinkability. “Skilfully blended from selected Grenache and Caladoc grape varieties captures the mood of summer in the Mediterranean style climate in the southern Rhône valley, towards Provence. The Caladoc grape is a cross between Grenache and Malbec and brings added fruit and spice to the bouquet. Here, the marriage with Grenache works really well delivering a characterful rosé hinting at wild strawberries mingled with a faint whisper of wild herb and spice. Dry and crisp the wine also shows good texture and concentration, ensuring that it will be equally at home served with lighter food or simply enjoyed as an apéritif.
La Jara Frizzante Rosato. A lightly sparkling, celebratory rosato. Deliciously refreshing and surprisingly food friendly, it wins friends wherever it goes – including the press. Mainly Glera (Prosecco) grapes, a dash of local red grape, Raboso, adds flavour and body and stops it from being labelled Prosecco. Surprisingly good with food - canapes, nibbles, salads etc - or by itself. Prosecco’s loss is our gain.
A Mano, Primitivo Rosato. Rosato needs to have the right colour and a crisp flavour profile from grapes which are not overripe: not easy to find in Puglia. Mark and Elvezia Shannon harvest grapes with slightly differing ripening times each year to keep the style consistent and it always works. Bright pink in colour with a lively, youthful perfume of ripe strawberries and a touch of fresh mint. On the palate, it is surprisingly full-bodied with good structure, perfectly balanced with a delicate fruit character and zesty, lightly spiced finish.
Domaine Begude Pinot Noir rose. Classic, bone dry, French rose. The don’t come much paler than this. Immediate pressing, followed by cool-fermented in stainless steel tank gives a delicate & refined rosé refined with hints of wild strawberry & cranberry. Perfect as an aperitif and with tapas and light meals.
Herdade do Peso, `Sossego` Vinho Regional Alentejano Rosé. I was impressed with this - plenty of fruity, slightly funky, body without losing any of the refreshing finesse and acidity that we all want in a rosé.
Organic, apart from the A Mano and Sossego which are both made using sustainable practises.
£52 (£60.95 at individual bottle prices)
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