Rosé Wines

Rosé wine is made by incorporating some of the color from the black-grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. The pink hue can range from a pale "onion-skin" orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used and winemaking techniques. Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from highly dry French Provençal rosé to sweeter Zinfandels and blushes.

There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, blending and saignée. When rosé wine is the main product, it is typically 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 is then pressed, and the skins are discarded 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.

Blending is the simple mixing of red wine to a white to impart color, and is uncommon. This method is discouraged in most wine growing regions, especially in France, where it is forbidden by law, except for Champagne. Even in Champagne, several high-end producers do not use this method but rather the saignée method.

Finally the Saignée method is used by producers that make both rosé and red wines. The winemaker imparts more tannin and color into the red wine by removing some of the pink juice from the must at an early stage. The red wine remaining in the vats is intensified as a result because the volume of juice on the must is reduced. The removed pink juice is fermented separately to produce rosé.

Gran Verano Rose

By Apaltagua
Central Valley, Chile

Carménère 100%

The Gran Verano Rosado Carmenere has a pink colour with brilliant tones. Its prominent aromas are cherries and spice. In the mouth it is soft and well balanced and refreshing to the palate

ABV 13.5%

Reserva Rosé Carmenere

By Apaltagua
Curicó Valley, Chile

Syrah/Shiraz 15%, Carménère 85%

Rose petal-coloured, clear, brilliant and clean, this Apaltagua Carmenere Rosé has perfumed aromas of tart red fruit, such as raspberry. With floral notes such as rose, as well as hints of citrus, there is a touch of light balsamic and subtle spice. In the mouth it is fresh and dry, with a medium body and a long finish.

Castillo de Benízar

By Bodegas Ayuso
La Mancha, Spain

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Rasberry in colour, with aromas of red fruits, strawberry and redcurrent. Sweet on the palate, with an elegant finish.

Rioja Rosado

By Bodegas Sonsierra
San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Spain

Tempranillo 100%

This wine is a brilliant strawberry pink colour. There is a beautiful fresh fruit aroma with floral hints. It is lengthy, very fruity and lingering on the palate. The finish is pleasant and subtle.

Marchesini - Pinot Grigio Rosé

By Casa Sant Orsola
Veneto, Italy

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio 100%

Dry and subtly flavoured raspberry and apple scented rose.

Villa Garducci - Pinot Grigio Rosé

By Casa Sant Orsola

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio 100%

Good fruit concentration on palate with nice mineral notes. Good weight and acidic balance. A great accompaniment to Risotto, pasta, white meats and seafood. Serving temperature 13°C

M de Minuty Rosé

By Château Minuty
Côtes de Provence, France

Syrah/Shiraz 10%, Cinsault 40%, Grenache/Garnacha 50%

A magnificent wine of pleasure, the aromatic harmony of Grenache and Cinsault offers some notes of peach and candied orange. The mouth is fresh and round.

Minuty D'Or Rose

By Château Minuty
AOC Côtes de Provence, France

Grenache/Garnacha 85%, Tibouren 15%

This rosé with a vibrating expression is a concentration of greedy aromas, with an intense freshness which offers the full expression of fruits.

Minuty Prestige Rose

By Château Minuty
Côtes de Provence, France

Syrah/Shiraz 10%, Cinsault 20%, Grenache/Garnacha 60%, Tibouren 10%

Precise and delicate with notes of flowers and melon. In the mouth it is powerful and well balanced, with notes of citrus and red fruits, underlined by a pleasant minerality. A clean finish.

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