Wine guide: Presentation of Rose, the rose accomplice of our summer adventures, Lifestyle News
Happy National Rosé Day! Although quite underrated compared to crowd favorites like red wine and white wine, rosé is quite easily our first drink in the evening.
If you’re looking to swap the velvety reds and tangy whites for a lighter, brighter mix this summer, the aforementioned rose-hued drink hits the spot in terms of complexity and pairing power.
Here’s your quick guide to all things rosé – from its origins, tasting notes, wine pairings and where to buy it in Singapore.
Renaissance of rosé: History, origins and processes
Neither red wine nor white wine, the best way to understand rosé is through its production process. The first and most popular is the maceration method, where, as with red wine, the grapes are pressed to extract the must, and the remains called marc (skins, stems and seeds) are left to sit in the must, to develop and improve potency. , the color and the tannins of the wine.
However, unlike red wine, the pomace is removed early in the rosé cycle, leaving a pink must with a good flavor profile of red grapes, without the heavy tannins.
Before the trendy brunch drink saw its rise, rosé first established itself as a clever solution in the Middle Ages. The maceration processes were much shorter because the techniques and production methods were not as sophisticated, thus the wines produced at the time were of a lighter color. In fact, in ancient Greece, drinking darker, undiluted wines was considered uncivilized and linked to aggression and barbarism.
Pink libations then emerged as Claret, a pale red Bordeaux wine adored by the French and English, which then became popular in the early 1970s in the United States. After making waves on social media – thanks to millennials – the drink has reconnected with our palates once again as the all-time unpretentious drink.
Stop & Smell the Rosé: Grapes & Tasting Notes
Depending on the region or the type of red grapes used, each rosé has different characteristics. Intended to be drunk in the Provençal sunshine, the drier Cinsault usually imparts refreshing fruity flavors to a rosé – think tart red berries against a subtle background of black pepper, herbs and hints of violets.
Also a popular choice in Provence, with rich berry flavors, the full-bodied Garnacha grape brings aromas and tastes of watermelon, candy and zesty lemon. This is also used in northern Spain where it is called Garnacha Rosado.
A temperamental grape that only grows well in cool climates, the familiar Pinot Noir, when made well into rosé, is a dry, delicate liquid with sweet, floral flavors.
Think ripe strawberries, cranberries and white cherry, complemented by citrus tangerines and lemon. Bright pink, Italian Sangiovese rosé is light and dry with a thirst-quenching acidity. On the palate, expect watermelon, raspberry, wild rose, white nectarine and a hint of spice.
Syrah, on the other hand, makes for a deeper, bolder wine, exuding flavors of pepper, green olive, cherry and bitter lime zest. One of the most popular rosés in the United States, Zinfandel is an off-dry style with around three to five grams of residual sugar. Sweet wine typically features flavors of berries, cotton candy, lemon, and green melon with moderately high acidity.
La Vie An Rosé: Food and wine pairings
The best part of Rosé, in our opinion, is its versatility – especially when it comes to pairing with our Asian cuisine. Like a crisp white wine, it accompanies salads with fresh cheese and summer fruits and lightly cooked or raw seafood such as oysters.
With its flavors of red fruits and melon slipped between a slightly acidic sip, it is also perfect for bouncing on savory dishes that are full of spices and herbs. We’re talking about Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisine, as well as barbecue dinners.
Shopping Rosé in Singapore
Bound by wine
Whether you like your rosé wine sweet or have a preference for a drier rosé, Bound by Wine brings unique discoveries to your doorstep. Promising value-for-money wines with a twist, break out the Vik La Piu Belle Rosé ($49), this summer.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah from Chile’s Cachapoal Valley, expect berry and cassis flavors with a hint of passion fruit and ripe melon, and a citrusy finish . You’ll also find Tuscany’s only sparkling rosé in the Poggerino Spumante Rosé ($78). Aged on lees for about four years, it is very dry with notes of cherries, tomatoes, brioche and coffee.
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Whether in their multiple stores or in the comfort of your own home, Little Farms’ wine selections are the perfect solution for a down wine. Easy-drinking and organic, La Famille Fabre’s Grande Courtyard ($24.98) is airy straight from the vineyard in France.
An affordable blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot, looks forward to wild strawberry on the nose and a crisp, fruity palate. The Pure Rose Wine ($39.98) will appeal to the health conscious. A sugar-free wine, it wakes up at night with the same delicious taste as traditional sugar-free and carb-free wines.
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Almost a tribute to all artisan winemakers, Galiena sources its wines from hand-picked producers around the world, with authenticity, quality and sustainability in mind. For a rosé Champagne, look to the Pascal Doquet Champagne 1er Cru Brut “Anthocyanes” Rose NV ($107), made with fruit at some of France’s most reputable and organic winemakers. Fermented in oak barrels, it is rich and intense, revealing fine tannins.
The 2020 Château DU SEUIL Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence ($40) is a cheaper deal, with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Rolle grapes. Tasting notes include red fruits, white flowers, crisp and refreshing citrus, apricot and green apple.
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Mouth of wine
A wine lover’s paradise located in the East Coast region of Singapore, Wine Mouth is your next best choice when it comes to natural wines and all things artisanal. In terms of rosé, you’ll find experimental blends here like Austria’s Johannes Zillinger – Revolution Pink Solera ($64) offering a fresh tasting profile of strawberries and cream and minerality.
The Yetti and Kokonut – B’Rose ($55) fuse aromas of red stone fruits, citrus and flowers thanks to its Cabernet Franc, Sémillon, Sémillon rouge, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier varieties from South Australia .
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This article first appeared in City Nomads.