Younger consumers have acquired a taste for the whiter shade of pink, writes Scotland on Sunday wine columnist Brian Elliott
Sales of Provence rosé exploded last year as consumers became enthused by the mouth-watering – and versatile – liaisons its drier versions strike up with food.
Encouragingly, consumers also appear ready to spend slightly more per bottle on quality examples of the so-called “posh pink” – dearer, drier and more delicately coloured versions. Under-25s seem especially attracted to paler rosé.
So let’s put a light summer lunch on the table and take a closer look at this style, starting with a grenache and cinsault version from the world’s rosé capital, Southern France.
Step forward, please, the delicate and fresh 2015 Berry Bros & Rudd Provence Rosé (£12.95 at BBR) with its ambrosial cherry and raspberry fruit. Those flavours are nicely embellished by apple and tangerine acidity, hints of tropical fruit and an appealing contrast between sweeter spices and rhubarb-style dryness.
Further north, it is rosé from pinot noir that comes to the fore, as in the Loire Valley’s 2015 Menetou Salon Rosé Domaine de l’Ermitage (£12.95 at www.fromvineyardsdirect). This time the fruit is more strawberry than raspberry, but still delivers vibrant red cherry flavours albeit with hints of cloves and peony aromas beneath its mandarin and peach background.
France is not alone, however, in the quality rosé stakes, as a crisp and aromatic Rioja illustrates. 2015 Ramon Bilbao Rosado (£9.95 at Noel Young Wines) uses first run juice to create ripe plum and watermelon flavours that, delightfully, also have touches of sweetness to contrast with the wine’s herbal, savoury depth.
As a final surprise, take a look at the pastel colour and floral influences of 2015 Kayra Beyaz Kalecik Karasi Rosé (£12.39 at Strictly Wine) from Turkey. Here, the local soft and fresh kalecik karasi grape – from high and rocky vineyards – provides excellent strawberry and ripe melon fruit, pink grapefruit acidity, cinnamon edges and a mango-centred finish.
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