A rosé (from French rosé; also known as rosado in Portugal and Spanish-speaking countries and rosato in Italy) is a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The...
A rosé (from French rosé; also known as rosado in Portugal and Spanish-speaking countries and rosato in Italy) is a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The pink color can range from a pale "onion-skin" orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used and winemaking techniques. There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée and blending. Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from bone-dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the globe.
When rosé wine is the primary product, it is produced with the skin contact method. Black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically one to three days. The must is then pressed, and the skins are discarded rather than left in contact throughout fermentation (as with red wine making). The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the color of the final wine.
When a winemaker desires to impart more tannin and color to a red wine, some of the pink juice from the must can be removed at an early stage in what is known as the Saignée (from French bleeding) method. The red wine remaining in the vats is intensified as a result of the bleeding, because the volume of juice in the must is reduced, and the must involved in the maceration becomes more concentrated. The pink juice that is removed can be fermented separately to produce rosé.
In other parts of the world,[clarification needed - other than where?] blending, the simple mixing of red wine to a white to impart color, is uncommon. This method is discouraged in most wine growing regions, especially in France, where it is forbidden by law, except for Champagne. Even in Champagne, several high-end producers do not use this method but rather the saignée method.
A dark pink Rosé displaying an explosion of fresh tropical fruit with hints of blackcurrant.
Can be enjoyed with light meat dishes, especially white meats, and complements seafood, pizza and pasta, as well as cheese platters and salads.
This typical Provence style rosé is a classic blend of 65% Mourvedré, 21% Grenache and 14% Syrah.
Eikendal Rosé is perfect to drink right now, but it will keep its refreshing character for the next 24 months.
Named after the abundance of beautiful wild flowers that appear every spring on the Fable Mountain, this provence style rosé is made from carefully selected parcels of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
44% Grenache, 28% Grenache Blanc,14% Grenache Gris, 14% Syrah
Lovely salmon colour, fresh strawberries on the nose, firm acidity adds freshness, clean on the palate with a good finish. Pinotage grapes often create beautiful rosé, of which this wine is a fine example. It is a lovely, refreshing summer wine.
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A bright fruity wine with strawberry, cherry and cranberry flavours, a gentle underlying minerality and a fresh lingering finish.
“We planted 1 hectare of Mourvèdre vines in 2001 on a slope of Red Karoo clay.
Shiraz 38% - Grenache 37% - Mouvedre 25%
This attractive pale pink Rose wine has fresh flavours of prickly pears, fynbos (garrigue) and watermelon. This easy drinking wine is well-balanced with a fresh and fruity palate with tropical flavours and enough weight to give it a lasting after taste.