Rosé has certainly seen an increase in popularity in recent years and it is not terribly hard to see why – rosé wine is incredibly diverse and food friendly. Rosé can be made anywhere in the world from any red grape, so if you are just getting started in exploring the world of rose, start with varietals and/ or regions that you already like and try some of those rosé wines. In our rosé tasting we examined a variety of different varietals styles and regions around the world. While everyone had their own favourite of the line-up there were two clear “winners” and a clear style preference which was the one and only Provençal style rosé from France. Rosé represents one the largest production styles in Southern France and comes with a distinct pale pink or “onion skin” colour and refreshing but complex flavours of red berries, herbs, flowers and melon.
Our rosé line-up:
We started with a sparkling wine from France that we have had previously at wine club, De Chanceny Crémant de Loire, Brut Rosé. This remains incredible value at $26 and is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
1. Albia, Ricasoli, Tuscany, 2017
Made from Sangiovese and Merlot grapes this was a very light and easy drinking rosé, while everyone agreed that this wine would not “offend” anyone it was the collective option that it also wasn’t all that interesting.
2. Leyda, D.O. Valle de Leyda Chile, 2018
This 100% Pinot Noir provided the typical red berry and cherry notes expected In a Pinot with bright acidity and was probably one of the best value wines we had of the night.
3. Gerard Bertrand Cotes des Rose, Languedoc, France, 2017
A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault – this was a classic representation of a Provencal style rosé and one of the overall favourites of the evening. Expect bright red fruits, citrus some minerality and herbaceous flavours and good acidity – very well balanced and interesting!
4. Wine for Yoga Lovers Rosé, Langhorne Creek, Australia, 2018
An unexpected wine from Southern Australia, this is 100% Sangiovese that Is light bodies, fresh and different and a classic “don’t judge a wine by It’s label”. I will admit that without some prior research or tasting this wine It Isn’t one I would have bought based on the label.
5. Le Vieux Pin Vaila, Okanagan Valley BC, 2018
BC is also starting to produce a lot of rosé. This Pinot Noir rosé is produced from grapes throughout the Okanagan Valley (Naramata bench, Osoyoos Lake, Okanagan Falls and Westbank). This wine Is approachable and a good representation of Pinot Noir, but was one of the more expensive wines of the evening.
6. Domaine Saint Ferréol Les Vaunieres, Provence France, 2018
Another Provencal style wine with the traditional blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault. Chateaux Varois en Provence is the smallest appellation in Provence, the most mountainous and distant from the sea. Pale pink with herbs, light cherries and wild strawberries, this mineral driven, dry, streamline and savoury rose is a charmer and highly suited to charcuterie.
So what did we learn from all this pink wine – there is a ton of value out there in the world of rosé! If you don’t know where to start – look to the varietals and regions that you already love for red wine and see if they have a rosé….. or if you want to take the advice of our members and their blinded scores – go for a classic style from Provence, we have some great recommendations for you above!