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 Rosé

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

Apaltagua
Curicó Valley, Chile

Carménère 85%, Syrah/Shiraz 15%

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.

ABV 13.5%

Castillo de Benízar

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.

ABV 13.5%

Rioja Rosado

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.

ABV 14.0%

Marchesini - Pinot Grigio Rosé

Casa Sant Orsola
Veneto, Italy

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio 100%

Dry and subtly flavoured raspberry and apple scented rose.

ABV 12.0%

Villa Garducci - Pinot Grigio Rosé

Casa Sant Orsola
Italy

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

ABV 12.0%

M de Minuty Rosé

Château Minuty
Côtes de Provence, France

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

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.

ABV 13.0%

Minuty D'Or Rosé

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.

ABV 13.0%

Minuty Prestige Rose

Château Minuty
Côtes de Provence, France

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

ABV 13.0%

Anjou Rose

Domaine Auguste Bonhomme
Loire Valley, France

Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, Cabernet Sauvignon

Almost medium dry, Salmon pink in colour. This wine has delightful fruit flavours and aromas of Summer fruits. Ripe and refreshing palate.

Ideal for drinking by itself it also matches well with salads and lighter style pork dishes.

ABV 10.5%

Sancerre Naudet Rosé

Domaine Naudet
Loire, France

Pinot Noir 100%

Pale Salmon pink in colour with a good, intense, fruity and aromatic nose. In the mouth the attack is soft and the mid-palate is round with just enough firmness. Aromas of caramel and liquorice give it a vinous character. Nice finish with hints of grapefruit and blood orange.

ABV 13.0%

Sancerre 'Le Colombier' Rose

Domaine Roger Neveu
Verdigny, Loire, France

Pinot Noir 100%

Lovely light pink salmony hues with red fruit and rose aromas on the nose. This elegant fruity wine shows good balance, smoothness and lovely long lasting aromas. Ideal as an aperitif or paired with starters.

ABV 12.5%


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