With the anticipation of the summer season, one of my favourite wines wakes up from its winter hibernation, Rosé.
Rosé has seen its popularity rise massively since the 1980’s, in-fact there are rumours that in France it has outsold its white cousin. This wine is incredibly popular in the warmer months, when you are sat outside, braaing, or having a picnic in your local park. I personally think its the perfect companion to the summer sun, and even the light summer rains! There is even a Rosé slushie to keep you even cooler on those extra hot days, called the Frosé!
How it’s made:
Rosé does not come from pink grapes, there is no such thing. It is made from red wine grapes, like Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, and Zinfandel to name a few. There are 4 different methods of making Rosé:
Direct Press: Creating wine using this method makes a very light pale pink wine that is often called blush wine. It involves pressing the red grapes and using the juice straight away.
Blending: This process mixes finished red wine with finished white wine.
Saignée: This technique uses free run juice from macerating red wine, with the aim to produce a light colored Rosé. This method it not widely used.
Maceration: Grapes are pressed, and then left to macerate with their skins for up to 48 hours, or until the desired colour is achieved. The wine is then allowed to ferment in the usual way.
All of the above methods create the Rosé that we know and love, the most common are maceration and direct press.
France is responsible for 27% of the worlds Rosé production! One of the most famous Rosé wine regions is Provence, where they consistently churn out light, delicate and dry wine. Approximately four-fifths of the production in this region is Rosé, and the fashion here is undoubtedly the paler, the better, and should be consumed and not aged. Primary grapes are cinsault and grenache.
Other popular Rosé regions are Roussillon, Languedoc and the Southern Rhône, where the pink varieties are as common as the whites.
Of course, France is not the only producer of pink wines, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, South Africa, or indeed any wine producing country has a huge selection of delicious pink wines to suit your tastes.
There are tons of different styles and trends from the lighter than light Provence style all the way through to the deep pink, almost red styles. Some of the first “fashionable” Rosé produced was the sickly sweet White Zinfandel from California in the 80’s. This was a time in Californian wine history where in order to be relevant and fashionable you had to make white wine, hence the addition of white in White Zinfandel.
Our recent post about Wine Fads garnered some interesting responses with regards to Rosé. People mentioned that Rosé was bigger than ever in the USA, and that there was an emerging trend bro-se, pink wine is not just for the ladies anymore!
Then there is the Frose, which I touched on earlier, this was all over social media in 2017, and admittedly I never tried it, but I might just give it a go this summer!
Rosé is on the rise and we would like to share our 3 favourite pink wines with you. We tend to lean more towards the darker Rosé wines, which tend to be more fruit forward and with less acidity.
Tierra Alegre Tempranillo Rosado, Spain. 5.99 EUR from Grape District. Made from Tempranillo this darker pink wine has lovely strawberry and herbal notes.
Mulderbosch Rosé, South Africa, 7 EUR from Hanos. Made from Cab Sav, this Rosé is filled with Cherry and rose flavours.
La Jara Prosecco Spumante Rosé (BIO), Italy, 13.99 EUR from Grape District. How could I not include some bubbles in this list, this ultra affordable prosecco is a firm favourite of ours. Lovely juicy squashed red fruits, strawberry, and raspberry. Lighter than we usually like, and made from Pinot Grigio, this is a delight on a hot day.