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Bertani Bertarose IGT Veneto 2018 (1x75cl)

Bertarose is a historic Bertani wine produced since the 1930s; today it has been given a modern makeover in order to bring out the fresh and pleasant features much sought after in a rosé. The excellent microclimate in the inland hills of Lake Garda, combined with an expert use of the variety and rigorous care in the vineyard, enables Bertani to produces this fresh and well-balanced rosé.

The grapes for this wine are grown in hillside vineyards above Lake Garda, on calcareous-clay soils.

The harvest is done at the end of September. The two varieties are vinified separately, using an innovative on-the-skins fermentation for the Molinara and off-the skins fermentation for the Merlot. Once fermentation is finished, the two wines are blended and then aged in stainless steel tanks for about three months on the lees at the end of fermentation.

75% Molinara and 25% Merlot.

This wine has a lychee-pink colour. There are fresh aromas of pomegranate and redcurrants with notes of white flowers. It is decisive on the palate, with good body and good balance between acidity and tanginess. It has excellent length. Perfect as an aperitif, it also goes well with salads, delicate-flavoured pasta dishes and white meat.

£10.80

Borsari Merlot Rose delle Venezie 2017 (1x 75cl)

Merlot makes a great rosé, light and refreshing with a pleasant summer-fruit fragrance and flavour. 

ABV = 11.5%.

£7.25

Ca Dei Frati Rosa Dei Frati 2016 (1x75cl)

The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.

The secret to the success of the Ca' dei Frati wines is their outstanding vineyards. Most producers in the zone overcrop and train the vines high. At Ca' dei Frati, the vines are trained low, newer vineyards have a higher density of planting, and yields are well below the average for the zone. Fruit for this wine came from two vineyards, 'I Frati' in Sirmione and 'La Tur' in Desenzano. The soils are a mixture of chalky clay, sand and lime. The vines are single and double Guyot trained. The yield is 9 tonnes per hectare.

2016 saw a hot and dry summer in Lombardy. A cool spring with some rainfall was followed by a hot June and July. Large shifts between day and night time temperatures throughout August helped to balance ripening and produce healthy, grapes with refreshing acidity.

There was a short period of skin contact at the start of the vinification process to extract colour. The must was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, 80% of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine remained in tank for six months before bottling and then a further two months in bottle before release.

60% Groppello , 15% Marzemino, 15% Sangiovese, 10% Barbera.

Rosa dei Frati is light pink with a touch of 'onion skin' orange. Zesty and vibrant with aromas of summer pudding and strawberries, it is perfectly balanced with a lovely refreshing finish.

ABV = 12.5%.

£15.65

Ca Dei Frati Rosa Dei Frati 2018 (1x75cl)

The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.

The secret to the success of the Ca' dei Frati wines is their outstanding vineyards. Most producers in the zone overcrop and train the vines high. At Ca' dei Frati, the vines are trained low, newer vineyards have a higher density of planting, and yields are well below the average for the zone. Fruit for this wine came from two vineyards, 'I Frati' in Sirmione and 'La Tur' in Desenzano. The soils are a mixture of chalky clay, sand and lime. The vines are single and double Guyot trained. The yield is 9 tonnes per hectare.

The 2018 vintage began with a long period of dry weather, which was followed by much rain. Fortunately, because this rainy weather mainly occurred in May and early June, hot weather in the summer months allowed the grapes to develop normally. Temperatures throughout the summer remained high; in September it rarely went below 30°C. Yields this year were slightly higher than usual, and the quality of the grapes was very high.

There was a short period of skin contact at the start of the vinification process to extract colour. The must was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, 80% of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine remained in tank for six months before bottling and then a further two months in bottle before release.

60% Groppello, 15% Marzemino, 15% Sangiovese, 10% Barbera.

Rosa dei Frati is light pink with a touch of 'onion skin' orange. Zesty and vibrant with aromas of summer pudding and strawberries, it is perfectly balanced with a lovely refreshing finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£16.60

Castano Monastrell Rosado, Yecla 2018 (1x75cl)

The Castaño family owns over 410 hectares of vineyards in the Yecla DO in south-eastern Spain. 80% of these vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell variety. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude and transformed into robustly modern wines. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in the region and has come to symbolise the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude, resulting in wines of great character and finesse.

The Castaño Monastrell Rosado is grown in the Castaño family vineyards, situated in the north of Yecla located at an altitude of 750m above sea level. The vineyards are dry-farmed and the vines are grown on poor, limestone soil. The roots of the vines therefore grow deep into the earth in search for precious minerals and nutrients, which in turn helps to ensure healthy, ripe, flavoursome grapes. The Monastrell vineyards are over 50 years old.

2018 was a complex year with a generally cold, wet spring delaying budbreak and the damp weather during flowering leading to higher than usual incidences of mildew in the vineyard. Early summer was initially rainy, but a hot August allowed the vines to catch up and ripening occurred gradually through the cooler than usual September which helped the grapes achieve great balance and flavour. Generally, the 2018 vintage was a generous harvest producing fresh wines with lower alcohols than recent years.

The wine is made 100% from Monastrell. Grapes undergo a direct pressing without maceration on the skins. Fermentation takes place at 16C in stainless steel and undergoes cold stabilisation before bottling.

This wine is pale pink in colour with fresh aromas of red fruits. On the palate, it is soft and fruity, with prominent cherry and strawberry flavours, vibrant acidity and a long, lifted finish.

ABV = 12.5%.

£9.10

Charles Melton Rose Of Virginia 2018 (1x75cl)

Charles Melton Wines has produced premium Barossa red wines since 1984. At that time, Charlie and a small band of Barossan winemakers turned their winemaking efforts to what were then considered a couple of unfashionable varieties: Shiraz and Grenache. These wines were initially styled on those from the Rhône but are now considered leading examples of the varieties in their own right.

At Charles Melton Wines, great emphasis is placed on the quality of fruit. All grapes are dry grown and harvested from the winery's own 80 acres of prime Barossa vineyard land, as well as from a select group of grape growers. Yields are extremely low with often only one tonne per half hectare and the vineyards are truly old with many exceeding 80 years.

Average winter and spring rainfall set the vineyard up for a great 2017/18 season. Warm and dry conditions in late spring and early summer encouraged early ripening and harvest began the first week of February.

The fruit was crushed and destemmed, then cold soaked on its skins for 48 hours. The juice was then drained and the skins pressed. Only the free-run juice was used for the Rose of Virginia. The juice was then cold settled, and racked off its lees after two days. The wine was fermented at low temperatures (10-12ºC) in stainless steel tanks to retain the elegant fruit and floral aromatics.

This wine is a blend of 64% Grenache/Garnacha, 27% Syrah/Shiraz, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This rosé has a fragrant Turkish Delight bouquet, with a little pepper and spice to add complexity. The usual unique vibrant cerise tint adds colour to the table. Balanced acidity, tannin and weight give the usual Rose of Virginia combination of richness yet crispness. It will retain its fruit sweetness and perfume over a couple of years at least.

ABV = 12.5%.

£19.20

Chateau D Astros Rose 2017 (1x75cl)

This domaine has been doing what it does best now for over 200 years – which is to make great rosé. Current chief, Bernard Maurel, is the 7th generation of his family to live at the Chateau and makes typically Provencal wines: pale and refreshing with cool, subtle red fruit flavours. Bernard’s other job is running a private bank based in Marseille – a not entirely unprofitable venture that ensures d’Astros does not lack for investment when improvements are required in the cellars or vineyards.

The vinification of Chateau D'Astros is entrusted to Laure Ambroise-Habasque, a reputed agronomist and oenologist. She is adept at traditional low-temperature vinification.

Vinification takes place in tanks at a maximum temperature of 16°. After fermentation, which lasts between fifteen days and three weeks, the wine is drawn off and sulphur is added. The wine then begins its ageing process in vats or barrels for three to twelve months depending on the vintage. Then comes assemblage/blending, to marry the finest expressions of the vintage, followed by bottling.

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah.

This delicate rosé has an intense nose of grapefruit and other exotic fruits. It is fruity, well balanced and generous with lots of citrus fruit flavours. (It is a dry rosé).

ABV = 13.0%.

£11.85

Chateau D Astros Rose 2018 (1x75cl)

This domaine has been doing what it does best now for over 200 years – which is to make great rosé. Current chief, Bernard Maurel, is the 7th generation of his family to live at the Chateau and makes typically Provencal wines: pale and refreshing with cool, subtle red fruit flavours. Bernard’s other job is running a private bank based in Marseille – a not entirely unprofitable venture that ensures d’Astros does not lack for investment when improvements are required in the cellars or vineyards.

The vinification of Chateau D'Astros is entrusted to Laure Ambroise-Habasque, a reputed agronomist and oenologist. She is adept at traditional low-temperature vinification.

Vinification takes place in tanks at a maximum temperature of 16°. After fermentation, which lasts between fifteen days and three weeks, the wine is drawn off and sulphur is added. The wine then begins its ageing process in vats or barrels for three to twelve months depending on the vintage. Then comes assemblage/blending, to marry the finest expressions of the vintage, followed by bottling.

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah.

This delicate rosé has an intense nose of grapefruit and other exotic fruits. It is fruity, well balanced and generous with lots of citrus fruit flavours. (It is a dry rosé).

ABV = 12.5%.

£11.85

Chateau d Esclans Rock Angel 2018 (1x75cl)

Everything at Chateau d'Esclans is done with quality as the overriding focus. They are very proud to say they take the same care and attention of their grapes as any of the top Bordeaux chateaux do of theirs, and no expense is spared to ensure every vintage reaches its potential in the bottle. The wines themselves are made by Patrick Leon, who used to make the wine at none other than Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and Opus One. Not a bad CV!

Grapes grown from Chateau d'Esclans' vineyard consisting primarily of Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino). Harvesting is done at sunrise and lasts until noon. Grapes are sorted electronically by an optical eye as well as manually three times. Destemming and slight crushing is completed at 7-8°C to avoid oxidation.Only the free run juice and the first light pressing are used to make the wine. There is no maceration. The wine is partially vinified in demi-muids (600 litre barrels) and stainless steel.  This is done in a temperature-controlled environment.

Rock Angel is beautifully made and great quality. Pale salmon in colour, this is fresh and sprightly with a great texture. This wine has elegant aromas and flavours of fresh strawberries and ripe red cherries. The new benchmark for Provence rosé.

ABV = 13.5%.

£24.95

Chateau d Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition interview with Sacha Lichine of Chateau d'Esclans (see blue link below).

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2017 - August 2018 Decanter review

Chateau d’Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast.

As a negociant and vinificateur (winery), Caves d’Esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from Château d’Esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world’s greatest rosé. As their objective is to obtain the best quality grapes and wines, they have created good working relationships with the local grape growers, situated beside Caves d’Esclans, whose vineyards are treated with the same high standards of quality as are the vineyards of Château d’Esclans.

The 2018 is the last vintage to be overseen by the great Patrick Léon: "Our beloved and extraordinarily valued Consulting Oenologist, Patrick Léon, passed away on the 11th of December after having finished his final assemblage of the 2018 vintage for our wines. Patrick’s unmatched sense of accumulated detail and attention to it coupled with executing remarkable precision underscore his outstanding contribution to making our wines great. Going forward his enormously talented, confident & passionate son our Technical Director, Bertrand Léon, in addition to his well oriented team will carry out Patrick’s remarkable legacy of crafting among the finest rosés in the world." 

This wine is rapidly becoming an icon rosé...

It is made using a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle, Syrah, Tibouren.

To see Château d’Esclans' fiche technique for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2018 - fiche technique

ABV = 13.0%.

£16.95

Chateau d Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2019 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition interview with Sacha Lichine of Chateau d'Esclans (see blue link below).

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2017 - August 2018 Decanter review

Chateau d’Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast.

As a negociant and vinificateur (winery), Caves d’Esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from Château d’Esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world’s greatest rosé. As their objective is to obtain the best quality grapes and wines, they have created good working relationships with the local grape growers, situated beside Caves d’Esclans, whose vineyards are treated with the same high standards of quality as are the vineyards of Château d’Esclans.

This wine is rapidly becoming an icon rosé...

It is made using a blend of Grenache 20%, Cinsault 20%, Rolle 20%, Syrah 20% and Tibouren 20%.

To see Château d’Esclans' fiche technique for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2019 - fiche technique

ABV = 13.5%.

£17.65

Chateau Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Rose 2018 (1 x 75cl)

Château Gassier is situated 25 km from the ancient town of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of Mont Sainte-Victoire. The Gassier family bought Château Gassier and its 40 hectares of vines in 1982. Today the vineyard is managed by Georges Gassier, who represents the fifth winegrowing generation of the family, working with the support from his father. It is only over time that passion, hard work and know-how combined, have helped Château Gassier to develop its exceptional potential for excellence. The Pas du Moine is named as a reference to the footpath furrowing the south facing slope of the Mount Sainte-Victoire. The cuvée Le Pas du Moine invites you to explore the richness of this magnificient Sainte-Victoire terroir. From the 2016 vintage, the wine has been certified organic.

Their 40 hectares of vineyard is composed of the following grape varieties: 30% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Rolle (Vermentino) and 3% Ugni Blanc. The Estate's wines have been officially certified organic wines since 2016. The majority of the wines have the Côtes-de-Provence Sainte-Victoire protected designation which allow a maximal production of 50 hectolitres/ha.

Night harvesting of the grapes is followed by cold direct pressing, fermentation at low temperature: 14°C and then 18°C at the end of the fermentation.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Chateau Gassier.

Chateau Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Rose 2018 - fiche technique

This wine has a lychee colour with purple reflections. It has an intense nose, playing with white floral and exotic fruits notes. In the mouth, the first impression is fresh and round, supported by the citrus fruits delicacy (guava, grapefruit….). It has a great lingering finish.

£16.45

Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition reviews of (both) their Top 30 Rosés and Celebrity Vintners (see blue links below)

Miraval Rose 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review Roses

Miraval Rose 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review Celebrities

Château Miraval is located in the Provence village of Correns, the first 100% organic village in France. All of the crops, including grapes, are grown organically in this wild and picturesque village. Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. The clay and chalk soils at Miraval are also important for quality, because they help regulate water supply to the vines so they have water when they need it and drainage when they don't. At harvest, the grapes are hand picked in the coolness of the morning and hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes go into making the rosé.

Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Château's three best parcels - Muriers, Longue and Romarin. The remainder is sourced from within the Correns region, just north of Brignoles in the heart of Provence. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. The clay and chalk soils at Miraval are also important for quality because they help regulate water supply to the vines so they have water when they need it and drainage when they don't.

2018 proved to be a good vintage for Provence. A wet spring was followed by rainy conditions throughout summer before a dry September brought optimal conditions for grape ripening, with sunny afternoons, cool nights and no precipitation. Fruit quality was good and yields were high.

Grapes were harvested by hand in the cool, early hours of the morning and hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes made it into the rosé. The Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle parcels were gently pressed to extract just the right amount of colour, while the Syrah was made using the saignée method. The wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks separately and then blended post fermentation. Additionally, the Rolle was put into 228 litre barrels, with occasional battonage to add texture and complexity.

40% Grenache,  30% Cinsault,  20% Rolle (Vermentino), 10% Shiraz.

Beautiful, pale, petal-pink colour, elegant with bright nuances. A beautiful aromatic expression with aromas of fresh fruit and spring flowers, refreshing acidity, with great minerality and a saline finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£18.20

Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2018 magnum (1x1.5L)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition reviews of (both) their Top 30 Rosés and Celebrity Vintners (see blue links below)

Miraval Rose 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review Roses

Miraval Rose 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review Celebrities

Château Miraval is located in the Provence village of Correns, the first 100% organic village in France. All of the crops, including grapes, are grown organically in this wild and picturesque village. Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. The clay and chalk soils at Miraval are also important for quality, because they help regulate water supply to the vines so they have water when they need it and drainage when they don't. At harvest, the grapes are hand picked in the coolness of the morning and hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes go into making the rosé.

Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Château's three best parcels - Muriers, Longue and Romarin. The remainder is sourced from within the Correns region, just north of Brignoles in the heart of Provence. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. The clay and chalk soils at Miraval are also important for quality because they help regulate water supply to the vines so they have water when they need it and drainage when they don't.

2018 proved to be a good vintage for Provence. A wet spring was followed by rainy conditions throughout summer before a dry September brought optimal conditions for grape ripening, with sunny afternoons, cool nights and no precipitation. Fruit quality was good and yields were high.

Grapes were harvested by hand in the cool, early hours of the morning and hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes made it into the rosé. The Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle parcels were gently pressed to extract just the right amount of colour, while the Syrah was made using the saignée method. The wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks separately and then blended post fermentation. Additionally, the Rolle was put into 228 litre barrels, with occasional battonage to add texture and complexity.

40% Grenache,  30% Cinsault,  20% Rolle (Vermentino), 10% Shiraz.

Beautiful, pale, petal-pink colour, elegant with bright nuances. A beautiful aromatic expression with aromas of fresh fruit and spring flowers, refreshing acidity, with great minerality and a saline finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£41.35

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Cuvee Symphonie Cru Classe 2018 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2019 edition panel tasting of Provence rosé (see blue link below).

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Cuvee Symphonie Cru Classe 2018 - August 2019 Decanter review

When Brigitte and Jean-Pierre Fayard first discovered Château Sainte Marguerite in 1977 it was love at first sight, and the beginning of an ambitious venture which was to inspire the whole family. Over the years the children, together with their spouses, became part of the project, each of them contributing their various skills across all the estate’s activities: viticulture, oenology, design, commerce…. A dynamic and close knit unit, the Fayard family is driven by enthusiasm, a sense of rigor, perseverance, and animated by a permanent quest for excellence.

Recognised since 1955, Château Sainte Marguerite is one of only 18 prestigious wine estates that have been awarded the status of Cru Classé of Provence. With their concern for the environment, the Fayard family are precursors in the field and have practiced 100% organic farming since 2003, certified by ECOCERT. Going a step further than organic agriculture, Château Sainte Marguerite’s production is 100% vegan, with no use of animal products or derivatives.

The Fayard family describe the Symphonie wines as "the fruit of a permanent quest for excellence and the skilful command of an exceptional terroir." This wine offers a good example of the best of Provence in an exceptional bottle of stunning design. Subtle and harmonious, it offers a gustative symphony that will render sublime your moments of pleasure and gastronomy.

It was made using Grenache 70%, Cinsault 30%.

This wine is floral and delicate with aromas of white flowers and passion fruit. Symphonie Rosé is a great wine for matching with food and is at its best when served with fine cuisine and high quality produce. Enjoy with truffle and scallop risotto, seafood, sushi and Thai dishes.

£19.65
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