Alpha Zeta was created in 1999 by UK wine importer, David Gleave MW, and New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson with this belief in mind. They realised that the key is to marry local grape growers with impeccable winemaking. All Alpha Zeta wines are made from indigenous grape varieties grown in the hills north-east of Verona. The flavours of the grape shine through in the glass offering great value, quality and balance. Matt works with local Veronese grape growers in hillside vineyards to select parcels of fruit, rather than buying in bulk wine. They have worked together to reduce yields and the grapes are now picked later. In this way, they have been able to improve grape quality and obtain riper flavours.
The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress which helps to produce superior quality fruit.
The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and macerated on skins for about 18 hours. After maceration, the must was pressed and fermented at a relatively low temperature (14-15°C) in order to retain the delicate cherry perfumes of Corvina. The wine was held in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks until bottling to maximise freshness.
In the glass, the wine is pale pink in colour with a hint of red. Attractive strawberry and sweet cherry aromas are complemented by subtle floral notes. Dry on the palate, the wine has a vibrant red fruit character and fragrant 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Awarded 90 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).
Ollieux Romanis is a magnificent property with a huge winery nestling at the centre of its vines. The winery and wine cellar were built in 1896 from stone quarried from within the property and they still stand proud today. The first parcel of Carignan was planted in 1896 and it is still used for production of grapes today.
The grapes are harvested manually and are macerated before fermentation for between 3 and 6 hours. This helps to ensure the delicate colour of the wine. It is pressed very lightly and the fermentation is monitored to assist with the prevention of any unecessary bitterness in the flavours of the finished wine.
The wine has a pale pink colour with aromas of orange and red flowers. The flavours are of wild strawberry with hints of pepper, flowers and herbs. This wine goes extremely well with grilled chicken or calamari dishes. This wine is suitable for both Vegetarians and Vegans.
Please note - Chateaux Ollieux Romanis uses organic farming methods and is undergoing conversion to fully certified organic status.
The 2016 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of their Top 30 Rosés (see blue links below).
The De Martino family came from Italy to Chile in 1934 and settled in Islade Maipo (D.O.Maipo). Today, having achieved 80 years of winemaking history, the winery combines the experience of the family's third generation – represented by Pietro, Marco and Remo De Martino - with the dynamism and vision of the well-established fourth generation, where Marco Antonio and Sebastián De Martino, together with the winemakers Marcelo Retamal and Eduardo Jordán, are leading the way with the winery’s new projects.
De Martino’s grapes are always harvested manually. They use only indigenous yeast for fermentation which is strictly controlled and carried out in stainless steel tanks. The grapes undergo just a short maceration to preserve the eventual wine’s delicate colour. The wine is then aged for 6 months in stainless steel before bottling.
This is a pale Cinsault with delicate red confit fruits, notes of garrigue herbs and the merest whisper of pepper. Agreeable medium-bodied rose that is at its best when served lightly chilled. This wine is a good match for turbot and razor clams or indeed any of your favourite seafood.
Situated in the village of Bué in the heart of Sancerre, Christian Thirot’s white and rosé are classic expressions of cool-climate Sauvignon and Pinot Noir respectively. Production is small, with a ''hands on'' approach in the vineyard and minimal handling in the winery.
Pale salmon pink in colour with a subtle nose of wild strawberries. On the palate the wine is delicate and soft with elegant red fruit character and well balanced acidity. Clean and dry with a crisp, refreshing finish.
The rosé wine will bring spicy touches to exotic dishes such as chicken cooked with pineapple and thai rice. It also goes well with charcuterie and chicken or seafood salad.
“Les Baronnes” Sancerre rosé is a bled rosé. Juice is obtained by draining ("bleeding") vats of Pinot Noir juice after 48 hours of cold maceration. The alcoholic fermentation is conducted in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks (15-18°C) followed by 3 to 4 months of maturation on its fine lees.
This refreshing, very fruity rosé is easy to drink, fresh and particularly well-balanced in structure and aromas. Enjoy “Les Baronnes” rosé well-chilled but not too cold – about 10°C should be enough to conquer your guests! “Les Baronnes” rosé is a wonderful aperitif, like a ray of sunshine on your table! Whether to whet your appetite or to accompany dishes throughout the meal, this Sancerre rosé is surely up to the task. Great with salads, springtime meals, or picnics – it's also a splendid wine to accompany Asian cuisine!
Following cool fermented liquid is pumped over the skins for maximum colour extraction. Mouth-watering red berry aromas and ripe, succulent strawberry flavours integrate seamlessly in this delicious crisp and dry rose.