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Simply defined; a rosé wine is a type of wine that uses some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The pink color can range from a pale "onion-skin" orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used.
Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from highly dry Provençal rosé to the amatuer efforts of sweet White Zinfandels (not really wines now are they ??) and blushes. Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the globe.
When rosé wine is the primary product, it is produced with the skin contact method. Black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically one to three days. The must (read; all the mess that was in th vat; seeds, stems, skins, juice an everything else) is then pressed. The skins are removed rather than left in contact throughout fermentation (as with red wine making). The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the color of the final wine. Think of leaving a tea bag to steep for too long !!!
When a winemaker desires to impart more tannin and color to a red wine, some of the pink juice from the must can be removed at an early stage in what is known as the Saignée (from French bleeding) method. The red wine remaining in the vats is intensified as a result of the bleeding, because the volume of juice in the must is reduced, and the must involved in the maceration becomes more concentrated.
90pts - James Halliday 'Australian Wine Companion
"Made with a sweet core but with full-strength alcohol. A perfect dessert-style wine for a picnic lunch. Fuchsia-crimson & extravagantly perfumed. Rose petals & rose water, stone fruit, raspberries, ripe strawberries. It's refreshing & delightful at once."
The sweetness of the wine comes from picking the fruit later with higher levels of natural sugar, then stopping fermentation before the wine is completely dry. Whats left is a low alcohol, delightfully still dessert wine that tastes like roses & strawberries & is perfect to accompany berries, fruit pies & soft cheeses.
From the exceptional 2017 vintage, this rosé is a blend of Shiraz & Grenache that results in a very pretty salmon colour remineiscent of classic Provence rosés.
Showing an exceptionally delicate bouquet of rose petals, guava & Turkish delight with comlex bright fruit flavours, includiing Turkish Delight, strawberry daiquiri, watermelon, guava & grapefruit. An elegant finish, balanced with fruit sweetness & subtle minerality
This delicious McLaren Vale rosé is from one of Australia's most respected wine growers - David Paxton. An organic wine produced on Biodynamic principles without the use of synthetic fertilisers & pesticides with a focus on promoting healthy, living soils.
Made from 92% Pinot Noir & 8% Sauvignon Blanc, the colour is a beautiful pale-pink & the bouquet exudes red cherry, strawberries & delicate citrus fruit. The palate is bright & youthful, full of cherries, strawberry, ripe apple, spice & cinnamon.
A stunning wine best chilled & enjoyed with friends sharing good times.
Remarkable Wine - Guide Hachette des Vins
"...very pale rosé with violet notes - a blend favoring Syrah (50%), combined with Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon. The charming nose opens with candy, then strawberry & citrus fruits...enchants with its aromatic intensity, its elegant approach, its fleshy texture & well integrated long acid finish. Complex, powerful & remarkably balanced; a rosé for a meal." - Guide Hachette des Vins
Purchased in 1946 by George Thienpont, the Patriarch of the Thienpont family in Bordeaux, this superb property dominates the appellation. It wasn’t until 1970 that the real work began on restoring the vineyards but by the mid 80’s the property was already a force to be reckoned with. In 2005 all the Cabernet Sauvignon was replaced by Cabernet Franc a variety that ripens earlier and much better suited to the terroir. Now guided by arguably the World most famous winemaking duo, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt the wines they produce here from a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc & 5% Malbec are full and voluptuous.
The Rose is produced from 100% Merlot and has a ripe raspberry and red cherry nose, in the mouth the wine is clean and fresh with lots of red fruits and clean acidity, perfect for enjoying on a sunny Singapore afternoon.In the heart of Southern France's Rhone Valley, about ten minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape, between Avignon and Orange, lies Chateau Gigognan, a vineyard whose winemaking tradition has roots that can be traced back deep into the history of the region. In 1987 Anne and Jacques Callet became the new owners of the Clos du Roi domain. Inspired by a passion for the history of the property, in 1990 they began a complete renovation of the Chateau in the traditional provencale country-house style, to return it to its former aristocratic glory. In 1996 work began on a new better-equipped cellar. An organically-farmed vineyard: having made the decision to convert their thirty hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape and forty-two hectares of Cotes du Rhone to organic-farming, the vineyard was awarded ECOCERT certification in 2009.
Clos de Roi Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc: 45% Roussanne, 35 % Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc & 10% Marsanne.
Decanter Magazine - 89pts
What ever are Hollywood mega-stars supposed to do when they can't easily get their favourite wine?
Brad & Angelina's solution was to splash out S$100 million to acquire the prized Miraval estate in 2012.Miraval Rosé is the benchmark against which all other Rosé is measured - so presumably they got their money's worth!
"Delicate cherry & strawberry fragrances rise from the glass. In the mouth, savoury red fruit & peppery spice are accompanied by a pronounced, prickly acidity. The wine finishes with red fruit & more spice. This is quite a serious expression." - Decanter Magazine
Dumenil is an independant Champagne House founded in 1874 & remaining in the family for 5 generations. All vineyards are Premier Cru in the typical chalk soil of Champagne's Montagne de Reims. Only the first & best juice is used.
Lovers of luscious rosé champagnes will be delighted by the use of very old red Pinot Meunier vines ('vielles vigne'). Delicate with the bite of fresh fruit but with subtle harmony between fruitiness & elegance.There are very few champagne makers who emphasise the powerful fruitiness of the Pinot Meunier grape. This precise blend of light, ethereal wines with a judicious amount of Pinot Meunier creates a champagne that is elegant, fruity & unequalled. Scintillating bubbles against a pretty salmon pink background.
Aromas of crushed strawberries & Morello cherries, with elegant red fruit flavours in abundance.
The finish is pleasantly fresh with a hint of almond paste and cocoa.