In the last 5 years rosé sales have skyrocketed across the United Kingdom. In part due to the rise of the ‘frosé’ and brosé phenomenon of rosé-loving men. If you wind back the clock 10 years, rosé was nothing what it is today. Men wouldn’t have been seen dead on the end of a pink stem and production techniques hadn’t evolved for the best part of a century.
Come 2022 and things couldn’t be more different. Wine Merchant fridge’s are full of the stuff and every second sister is chugging down Provence at BBQ’s like it’s liquid gold. Hats off to winemakers as they have really transformed what was once a slightly bitter version of red current juice into a glass of something akin to the holy water.
If you like Rosé but are lacking a bit of knowledge on what it actually is, then listen up.
How is Rose made?
Rosé is made using a simple technique called Maceration. In this process, the winemaker will leave the skins of red grapes in contact with the pressed grape juice for a period of time that can vary between 4 to 36 hours. The length of the contact with skins will determine the final colour of the wine; that’s why we have so many different types of rosés from very pale examples to deep pinks.
To make red wine the skins will be left in contact for a lot longer in order to increase the depth of colour (to ruby/garnet) and introduce tannins and complexity to the wine. The amount of time the skins are left in contact will vary here depending on what the winemaker is trying to do with the wine style. Rosé will typically express flavours of strawberries, skittles, melon, rhubarb and turkish delight.
What Grapes Are Used To Make Rose Wine?
The most famous grape varieties that are used to make rosé wines are Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre. However, the winemakers can choose any black grape variety to make rosé. Blending different black grapes is the most common practice to create this delicious style of wine. In order to achieve Rosé wines fresh profile, wine producers will normally use stainless steel vats and not oak barrels to keep the primary aromas and flavours of the grapes instead of adding new oak notes like nuts, toast or vanilla.
Pairing Rose With Food
Rosé wines are fantastic partners for light meals. The structure of these wines are great to match with food because they have refreshing acidity, red fruit characters and the absence of any oak treatment which will make them always a light bodied wine. Salads, goats cheese, fish, seafood, sushi, vegetable soups, quiche and fruit-based desserts will be perfect pairings for Rosé wine.
Where Is Rose Made?
The most well-known wine region producing rosé in the world is Provence in the south of France. Another spot is the Languedoc-Roussillon, also in France. Now days though Rosé is being produced by the truck load in pretty much every wine producing region in the world. Some are just better quality than others.
The Savage Vines team like their Rosé wine and some of their favourite producers are Mirabeau, Chateau Leoube and Pascal Jolivet. If you need any recommendations on Rosé please call us on 0204 501 8436. You can shop online our full range of wines here ->Online Wine Store
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