The Explainer: Rose

Rosé is the sexy red head who shows up first, leaves last and entertains everyone effortlessly in the middle with their perfectly seasoned guacamole & pop hits playlist. Safe to say we have a crush. Seriously, what’s not to like? Generous, supple, delicious. Loves gossip. And kittens. Best find yourself a verandah and settle in.

Rosé is generally made by bleeding a little colour along with the juice out of crushed red grapes, and then fermenting the pink juice like a white wine. The longer the juice is in contact with the skins, the darker the colour and deeper the flavour.  It can be made almost with any red variety, but the standouts are grenache, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, tempranillo, nebbiolo or sangiovese. That little blush of colour creates a flavour reminiscent of the variety, but focuses on the red- and purple-fruit top notes, such as strawberry, cherry, rhubarb or raspberry. If your new to this new world of pink wine, we suggest to start with one made from your favourite red grape variety and go from there.

Despite the super cheerful pink colour, most good quality rose is in fact ‘dry’ – meaning it has little or no residual sugar. It’s hard to tell exactly the style of each wine without tasting, but this drier style is considered to be delightfully refreshing, clean and what is technically referred to as ‘super smashable’ (surely we’ll move to one litre bottles soon?).

And one last word on your new crush, Rose doesn’t exactly age well, it’s born to be immature  – so don’t let it get too serious. Drink your rose stash before within two years from production.