Life Through Rosé Tinted Glasses

Summer isn’t summer without that chilled glass of rosé, but with so many to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow it down to a handful! Having tasted a number over the last few weeks, here are wine expert Rowena Hawtin’s recommendations.

Gribble Bridge Sparkling Rose 2014, Biddenden vineyards

This delicious sparkling wine is made from 100% Gamay grape – the main grape for the red wine Beaujolais. It’s made in an off-dry style with aromas of rose petals and flavours of sweet summer fruit (strawberries and raspberries) slight acidity – a definite winner! £23.50.

Cremant de Loire Brut rosé, Bouvet

An excellent sparkling wine made in the traditional way, it’s made from Cabernet Franc – the red grape of the Loire valley. With a delicate pink colour, an elegant bouquet with raspberry aromas it’s really well balanced with crisp acidity – enjoy with meaty, oily fish.

Nanette’s English Rose Hush Heath, Staplehurst

Hush Heath is a family owned Tudor estate just outside Staplehurst Kent. During the last 18 months, they have been undergoing a huge expansion programme. Many of their wines are named after the family’s children and Nanette is the producer’s youngest daughter. Although a still wine, it is made from the Champagne grapes of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and is a very similar colour to a typical rosé from Provence. A delicious summer wine with ripe apples and strawberries on the nose and a smooth silky finish. £16.50.

English rosé, Chapel Down 2017

Lovey rose made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Regent, it has lovely aromas of strawberries and cream with redcurrants and floral notes on the palate – which leads to a crisp, refreshing finish. Enjoy at lunchtime with a light salad or during those lovely warm evenings of summer BBQs with friends.

Chateau de Minuty Rosé Provence 2017

Provence is the home of rosé in France and Chateau de Minuty is located in St Tropez with vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean. A pale, honeysuckle pink, it has fresh aromas of citrus fruit and blossom which gives way to summer fruits on the palate which just melt in your mouth. As a suggestion, drink this with seafood, mozzarella and sun-ripened tomatoes or just enjoy on its own.

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