Rose by any other name may not taste as sweet

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

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.


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