Last Updated on August 11, 2021
Rosés Grow on You
With the summer finally ready to deliver another burst of heat, we thought we would take the opportunity to review some more rosé wines and to explain more about the different methods of making the perfect pink wine.
Whether you are spending time glued to the summer sport or out in the garden, a glass of rosé is the perfect accompaniment and these two bottles certainly deliver bang per buck. There are three methods of creating rosé wines (rosato in Italian and rosado in Spanish). The first is through the skin-contact method. Black grapes are crushed and the skins remain in contact with the juice for a short period of time to add colour. The second method is by blending white and red wines together as with our first wine. The third method is a by-product of high tannin red wine production in which some of the pink liquid is drained off from the must to achieve a higher concentration of colour and flavour with the residue being used in the production of rosé.
Founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria is one of the premier wine producers in New Zealand with more awards to its name than any other producer. Our first wine is their Blush Sauvignon, 2020. It’s perfect as an aperitif or to accompany outdoor eating. The cool New Zealand climate gives freshness and acidity that zings in the mouth. It’s a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Merlot and is rated at 13% alcohol so it’s not too heavy on the liver. It has a rather delicate peach colour and we detected passion fruit, cranberry and spicy fruit notes. We really enjoyed it with a seafood paella that we cooked outside. It’s available at around £12.00 from Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsburys with Sainsbury’s stocking bottles with the very attractive ‘New’ watercolour label.
Our second wine is a little more upmarket but still very approachable. Joseph Mellot, Sancerre, Le Rabault, 2019 is from the eastern side of the Loire valley and is made from 20-year-old Pinot Noir vines grown on a clay-limestone and flint soil. It has a pretty salmon-pink hue and with a 13.5% alcohol rating packs a bit more punch than the Villa Maria wine. It has a distinctly floral nose with fresh strawberries and other red fruit on the palate. It would also work well as an aperitif or with tapas or sushi. We tried it with Okonomiyaki, the Japanese amazing omelette-pancake hybrid and it worked really well as it would with most Asian food.RRP: £17.20 | Ellies Cellar, Wine Direct Sussex
If you’re wanting to explore some rosés that are more interesting than your usual £5/6 bottle then these would be an excellent place to start. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Cheers!