Rose by any other name may not taste as sweet
TODAY we’re here to say good things about rose, a wine-style that suffers from an unfair view that it suffers from an identity crisis.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Rose is not a mix of red and white. It is a wine style all of its own, with varietal characteristics.
In fact, one of its characteristics, generated by its manufacture, makes it a great wine to serve with food.
Rose is pink because the juice from its grapes spends less time in contact with the skins in the wine-making process. This imparts less tannin, but
gives it more depth than a super-light white.
So when you serve with food, the tannins don’t dominate what’s on the place, but it has enough character you don’t lose the wine in the food.
It’s the perfect barbecue wine, the perfect beach wine, and the perfect picnic wine, but it’s also the perfect sitting-around-watching-TV wine. GERARD BETRAND CÔTES DES ROSES ROSE Palish salmon-pink hue. Dry, savoury bouquet, which is shy and plain and dry straw scented. The wine is also light and a little plain on the tongue, with a trace of sweetness but a clean, dry, savoury finish and after taste. The length is moderate at best, and the wine has excellent balance and quaffability. CHEMIN DES SABLES ROSE Very clear, pale pink. Aromatic with notes of citrus fruits and red fruits. Both fresh and round on the palate. PARLEZ VOUS ROSE A refreshingly bright and savoury style rose. The palate bursts with vibrant strawberries and cream, berry compote and cinnamon French toast flavours. Parlez Vous Rose is made with the freshness of Australian fruit in a style that is exceptionally drinkable. Surprisingly Australian with a little French flair. GALLO FAMILY WHITE ZINFANDEL Luscious Rose in the form of White Zinfandel has been around for many years, and the best producers are simply spot on. The impressive Gallo portfolio wouldn’t be complete without this favourite label; a mouthful of sweet strawberries and red cherry. Ideal for chilled drinking.
CRAFTERS UNION ROSE 2016 With next to no-skin contact, only the free-run juice was used for this Rose wine, obtaining a perfect pale pink hue in colour. Clarified before fermentation and kept at cool temperatures, it has retained the vibrant fruit characters that are primary in the fruit, strawberry, plum, and watermelon. The result is an elegant wine, fresh to the nose and fine on the palate.