If you’re into your wines, you’re probably already aware that rosé has become the “in” thing in recent years – not just in Australia, but right across the US too. In France, Spain and Italy, rosé has been around for centuries, but you’ll probably hear it referred to as “rosado” or “rosato”.
Offering a pretty pink hue and thirst-quenching refreshment on a warm day, more people are opting for a rosé wine over other varieties than ever before. And yet, there are still so many misconceptions about this easy-drinking wine.
Firstly, many people think it’s made by mixing red wine and white wine. While this method does exist, it’s very rare. Rosé actually gets its distinctive colour from its reduced fermentation time with red grape skins – the more exposure, the darker the red hues.
Another common misconception is that rosé is always sweet, when in fact most rosés tend to lean towards the drier side. The Melbourne Wine Store carries a vast array of sweet and dry rosés – ask us for expert advice and recommendations based on your taste preferences.
Rosé – grapes, flavours and pairings
More often than not, rosé wines are a blend of several grapes – most commonly a combination of grenache, sangiovese, syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, cinsault and pinot noir.
Its flavour profile is fresh and fruity. Consider a light red wine, like grenache, but with some extra brightness and crispness to it. You can expect the following flavours from a bottle of rosé:
Red fruits (i.e. strawberries, cherries and raspberries)
You’ll be happy to know that rosé wine pairs exceptionally well with just about any type of food – from spicy meals and barbecued meats to cold food like sushi and salad. Light/dry rosés pair well with pasta and rice dishes or seafood; while medium-bodied rosés accentuate flavours like garlic, olives, anchovies and saffron. This makes it the perfect accompaniment to dishes like paella, or grilled meats with herbs.
Up there with Champagne, prosecco, chardonnay and Moscato wines, rosé is always sure to be a hit at any social occasion. Browse our carefully curated selection of quality rosé wines available to buy online, with efficient delivery to your doorstep.
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