Rose wines are seducing the world

Growers and consumers are crazy about them— By Raul Diaz

Last week, I received an invitation to participate in the very famous TV show — Sunday Brunch on Channel 4. I was tasked with choosing three different types of Rose wines, and to provide some insight into this exciting wine style. The show was broadcast today, Sunday 23rd.

While I was doing my research, I noticed the large increment of the “Rose section” space in our local supermarket, and also in our local wine merchant. It was fascinating to see a wide range of colours, from the lightest pink, to deep light ruby colour. Rosé is definitely here to stay as a year round wine category, not just a seasonal summery option.

To produce most rosé wine, red grapes are lightly crushed and left to macerate with their red skins (anywhere from a few hours to a few days). After which the juice is strained out from the “must” and fermented in tanks. The length of the time that the juice is in contact with the skins, and the temperature at which the whole process occurs will be key factors in creating the ultimate colour of each particular wine. The final flavours of the wines will be a result of this entire operation.

Rose as a style is very flexible. It is suitable for everybody, from wine experts, to people that drink very little or are even starting to discover wine. The ‘women only’ misconception is coming to an end.

Why Rose is getting so popular? It’s all about the overall attributes. I can make a extremely attractive list in less than two minutes.

  • Refreshing style
  • Low alcohol content
  • Fruit driven wine
  • Good value alternative
  • Flexible style perfect for lunch, as an aperitif, or simply by the glass.

One of the most relevant characteristic of Rose is its ability to match with food. Rose can be a great pairing wine. Actually, it will go really well with many different types of food due to the great acidity, low alcohol, delicate fruit character, and the absence of intense notes of oak or spices.

After we tasted the Rose selection on Sunday Brunch, I felt that the mission was accomplished. Everybody loved the different types of wines that we tasted. We all learned a bit more about Rose wine, and for the viewers, I’m sure it will be a consideration when they make their next wine purchase.

THE WINES

2014 Mirabeau PURE Rosé — Appellation Côtes De Provence Protégée, Provence, France — Supplier: Waitrose — Grapes: Syrah, Grenache ABV: 13%

London based family that moved to a small French village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence in 2009. Pure Mirabeau is a wine made from some of the highest vineyards in the Côtes de Provence.

Tasting notes — Very pale, delicate violet pink with a hint of salmon weaving through the colour spectrum. Strawberry notes appear first, closely followed by raspberries and white cherries. Then a merest whisper of that most elegant of fruits, rhubarb.

The acidity is crisp and integrated and the generous fruit provides an element of texture that enables this wine to be drunk as an aperitif as well as with food. A pure expression of the very best from Provence and a perfect way to help you savour your most special moments.


2014 ILLARIO Rosato Fattoria di Magliano, Tuscany, Italy — Supplier: Lea & Sandeman, Chiswick — Chelsea, London — Grape: Sangiovese ABV: 13%

Richer style than Provence that offers a extremely good value. Fattoria di Magliano is in the agricultural area of the Maremma on the southern coast of Tuscany, in the heart of the Morellino DOC. This is an eighty-five hectare farming estate of which thirty-seven were planted with vines in 1998 and after only two vintages making lovely wines which truly reflect the ‘terroir’ of the region. All the vineyards are 120 metres above sea level and south facing towards the coast.This pretty Sangiovese ‘rosato’ undergoes no skin contact apart from the gentle pressing, in order to give only the minimum of colour just delightfully pretty and delicate pink.

Tasting notes — There are subtle notes of sweet red fruits, but this is overwhelmingly fresh, crisp, dry and incredibly drinkable.


2014 Secano Estate Rosé Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile — Supplier: Marks & Spencer — Grape: Pinot Noir ABV: 13.5 %

Leyda is a cool climate wine region from the new world. One of Chile’s up-and-coming wine regions, it has attracted a lot of attention from international wine commentators and critics over the past few years., as well as producing some of Chile’s most respected Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines. The region is also responsible for excellent examples of Rose. Set of rolling hills on the seaward side of the coastal range that protects much of central Chile from oceanic influences. The Pacific coast is only 12km west of Leyda Valley.

Tasting notes — A beautifully fresh and dry rose, aromatic with delicious fruity notes of strawberry jam, blackcurrants and a hint of ripe plum.