Lovely light pink in appearance with a lifted perfume of wild strawberries, warm cherry pie and sherbet. Vibrant and fresh on the palate, with a fresh, lively cherry fruit character and a fragrant finish.
On the nose this wine displays aromas of sweet raspberries and strawberries with delicate floral notes. The palate is lively bursting with crisp red berry flavours and a good persistent finish.
The Tempranillo grapes for this wine were harvested at the end of September 2015. They underwent pre-fermentative cold maceration for a few hours to extract colour. Alcoholic fermentation took place at less than 22°C. This wine was bottled in January 2016 and spent two months in bottle before being released for sale.
This Rosado 2015 shows a pale pink colour with pearl tones. On the nose there is an intense aroma of strawberry sweets. The aromas are dominated by fruit with a touch of cream. On the palate this wine is sweet with good volume and the flavours of fruit - strawberry and cream candy is one of the dominant flavours.
This wine should be served well chilled. It is perfect to drink on a hot summer's day and also goes well with seafood, salad and rice dishes.
A red cherry colour with hints of purple. Fresh on the nose with cherry and almond blossom, a hint of dog rose and notes of red fruits. In the mouth it has a tight attack and good weight which is kept lively with savoury structure and lifted acidity. Good
Merlot makes a great rosé, light and refreshing with a pleasant summer-fruit fragrance and flavour.
Strawberry pink in colour with bright reflections, this youthful, fresh rose has bags of ripe red fruit on the nose with a hint of white spice. The palate is medium bodied, crisp and fruity and the finish is clean and lingering.
Lovely salmon-pink colour, this fruity Rosato has delicate perfumes of red cherries and strawberries. The palate is dry and intense with lingering strawberry hints on the finish.
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.
The Castaño Monastrell Rosé 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 wine is made 100% from Monastrell. Grapes undergo a direct pressing without maceration of the skins. Fermentation takes place at 16C in stainless steel and undergoes cold stabilisation before bottling. This Monastrell Rosado offers fresh, red fruits on the nose. On the palate it is soft and fruity, with prominent cherry and strawberry flavours, vibrant acidity and a long, lifted finish.
Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of their Top 30 Rosés (see blue link below).
Charles Melton Wines has produced premium Barossa red wines since 1984. At that time, Charlie and a small band of Barossa 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 grapegrowers. Yields are extremely low with often only one tonne per half hectare and the vineyards are truly old with many exceeding 80 years.
A number of key techniques are important to the Rose of Virginia. Cold soak on skins followed by clear settling of the juice helps heighten the aromatics, and co-fermentation of the major varieties delivers the superb hue. A six to eight week cool alcoholic fermentation is followed, before bottling to retain as much youthful zest and life as possible.
This wine has a fragrant Turkish Delight bouquet, with a little pepper and spice to help keep it grown up. 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.
This salmon-hued rose has an intense nose of grapefruit and other exotic fruits. It is fruity well balanced and generous with more citrus fruit flavours.
The Cuvée Alexandre is a delicious and modestly priced Provence Rosé from Château...
Beaulieu, located in Rognes in Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. The estate comprises 180 hectares of vines which lie at an altitude of 400 metres, in the heart of an ancient volcanic crater. The vineyard land had been farmed in the area since Roman times, although the Château itself was built as a stronghold for the French King Henry III in 1576. Today, the estate is run by the Jeanjean family, who co-own Mas la Chevalière (in the South of France) and Domaine Laroche (Chablis) with Michel Laroche.
Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence lies west along the Mediterranean coast from the Côtes de Provence appellation. The sunny, dry, Mediterranean climate ensures ripe, fruit-driven wines. The sea breezes moderate the hot, drying influence of the Mistral, which blows from the North; this means that the vines are not stressed, the balance is better and the wine retains freshness and aroma alongside the fruit.
The grapes were pressed and fermented in the same way as a white wine. This minimised the extraction of harsh phenolics, and has led to a more delicate style of rosé with a fine textured finish.
This wine is a brilliantly clear salmon pink. It abounds with redcurrant and wild strawberry perfumes that develop into juicy white peach and pear notes. On the palate, fresh acidity is balanced beautifully with the alchohol, giving an elegant mouthfeel and refreshing length.
Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition's "Weekday Wines" (wines under £25) (see blue link below).
Château Gassier is situated 25 Kms from the ancient town of Aix en Provence, at the foot of Sainte Victoire mountain. A specialist producer of rosé wines, this 40 hectare property blends Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache to produce classic, refreshing Provencal wines.
Le Pas du Moine is a very clear rosé with delicate pink hints. The aromas are Intense with floral (blackcurrant buds), exotic (lychee, passion fruit, fresh mango), pink grapefruit, red berries (redcurrant, fresh wild strawberries) aromas and a few notes of spices. On the palate a great freshness and a nice balance. Beautiful length, a lot of finesse and minerality. Great roundness! This wine should be served between 10-12°C and is a perfect match with exotic Asian meals (eg minced beef with Thai basil, tuna tataki, sushi).
Pale pink in colour, with aromas of white flowers, crushed strawberries and ripe morello cherries on the nose. The palate is round and soft, with notes of lifted berries, minerality, hints of saltiness and a long finish.