Hello wine Lovers!
Back to the norm and the single wine reviews once again. This time it is all about that summer time drink. Rose`. Lower in alcohol content and usually sweeter than your traditional “oaked wines,” Rose` is perhaps one of the oldest wine making methods in the world. To produce Rose wines, the juice from black-skinned grapes are pressed and then the skins are given contact to the juice. In Rose`, this may only be for a period of one to four days. The result is a wine that is pale pink to orange in colour and results in different tastes and mouth textures.
Onto the wine of this evening.
Region: McLaren Vale
So what kind of flavours can we expect from this Rose`? Well, thanks to its appeal and capturing all things about the summertime, this wine is light and sweet. Not full of sugar, but there is a lot of sweet fruit on the palate.
The first thing that appeals to people about Rose`, and especially to me, is the colour of the wine. I have not addressed wine colour before, but it is an important part in wine tasting, and is one of the first steps in tasting wines. (I will post a step-by-step wine tasting guide in the near future). However, back to the wine, and this one shows a watermelon colour, with a slight orange tinge.
On the nose you will find distinct strawberries and cream, with a small hint of pear tailing behind.
As for the palate, it is quite complex, and this is good. Even for me. A man who does no like overly sweet wines. It has a very delicate mouth feel, it works the flavours found on the nose up front. The finish is more of that beautiful sweet sticky fruit. Expect to find flavours of fig and quince towards the finish of this wine.
Most woman will go crazy for this wine and why not I would prefer to see this being drunk compared to that devil drink Moscato. It is simple drinking and a great beverage to have on the table on a summer’s evening with friends, or sitting along the beach enjoying an alfresco dinner.
This wine will pair up nicely with some nice spicy Thai foods, or salt and pepper squid with chili.
Although slightly too sweet for my liking, I find the appeal in this wine and unlike Moscato , I can actually appreciate this wine, and furthermore, the wine styles. As other red varieties can be used to produce Rose` with different aromas and tastes and textures. Do yourself a favor over summer and pick up a bottle of Rose`, you will be amazed at how easy it is to drink on a hot summer’s evening.
Drink: Now -2018
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