Summer is meant for rose wine – or is it the other way around? I often wonder why rose is not called ‘pink’ wine in English – we have white and red, so why not pink?
This pink wine is fresh, juicy and suits summer just fine. It’s from the Rioja Alta in northern Spain and gets its pretty medium shade of salmon from macerating on the skins of 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo grapes for 12 hours.
It has undergone a 25 day fermentation and spent 2 months in huge 1000 litre size barrels before being bottled and shipped around the world.
This is a youthful wine with medium intense aromas of strawberries, field berries, rhubarb and some orange zest. There’s a hint of white pepper as well. The palate is dry and has medium plus refreshing acidity, medium body and medium plus intense strawberry, field berry and pomegranate juice flavours along with a little pink grapefruit, more white pepper and some herbs.
Solid pink wine – drink now and often – WSET Very Good.
You cannot go wrong with this stalwart. Enjoy.