Rosé happens when the skins of red grapes touch wine for only a short time. Where some red wines ferment for weeks at a time on red grape skins, rosé wines are stained red for just a few hours.
The winemaker has complete control over the color of the wine, and removes the red grape skins (the source of the red pigment) when the wine reaches the perfect color.
As you can imagine, nearly any red wine grape (from Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah) can be used to make rosé wine, however there are several common styles and grapes that are preferred for rosé.
Rose wines are produced all over the world and their colours bouquets and flavours depend hugely on the grape varietal used and the lenght of time the pressed grapes spend in contact with their skins.
Lighter style French rose are pressed and aloowed minimal skin contact producing that lovely light pale rose colour. Other roses like some produced in Spain spend more time in contact with the skins during Maceration delivering a richer colour and fuller fruit flavours.
Some winemakers will blend a little Red wine juice with their whites typical with Italian Blush wines and especially Sparkling rose and Pink Champagne.
So why not indulge this summer and try some Roses from different parts of the world. They are perfect with Crab Prawns and cold seafood platters as well as AntiPasti plates. See our selectrion of roses in our online store and some of our delicious nibbles available from our chilled section.
Enjoy the summer and especially the Rose.