Mother's Day Rosés
How to make mothers, aunts, grandmas and great grandmas really happy this Mother's Day? Forget the flowers - think Rosés rather than roses...
Almost every winemaker makes a Rosé wine. The lightly coloured classic Rosés from France's Mediterranean shores of Provence are subtly fruity, peppery and dry. Spanish Rosés are usually dry and often more deeply coloured and fully flavoured.
Most Rosés are made from red wine grapes and owe their colour to limited skin contact after crushing. Our own BC Rosés can be as lean and dry as the wines of Provence and as sweet as some of California's inexpensive White Zinfandels.
Mothers and daughters with cutting edge taste, might appreciate a Rosé from South America. A subsidiary of Chile's Cono Sur, Isla Negra aims to make affordable wines that are also environmentally sustainable and ecofriendly.
Isla Negra West Bay Rose $8.99 is an intriguingly Chilean blend of 50 per cent Syrah Rosé, 30 per cent Cabernet Rosé and 20 per cent Carménère Rosé. Deeply pink, it sizzles with sweet cherry and berry fruit favours.
Traditional gals might prefer something from France. The Pays d'Oc region spreads west from the Côtes du Rhône and Provence along the Mediterranean coast almost to the Spanish border. Although not quite properly Provence, intriguingly similar Rosés are made from Vaucluse in the east to Catalonia's Pyrénées-Orientales.
From vineyards around La Livinière, in the Minervois that were purchased and revitalized in 2002 Domaine de L’Ostal Rosé Pays d’Oc $15.99 is half Grenache and half Syrah. Very pale pink, this dry
Rosé has subtle aromas of rose petals, cranberries and pomegranate. Equally subtle strawberry, raspberry and cranberry flavours hover just out of reach and recognizability.
Wine-savvy Mums and Grandmothers already know there is amazing value in Spanish wines. Further west from the Pays d'Oc, on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees in the hills south of Barcelona, Montsant is best known for bold red wines made from Garnacha and Carignan. Of course, Rosés are also on most winemakers' agendas.
From Monsant's Celler de Capçanes, Mas Donis Rosat is currently marked down from $16.99 to $13.97 – if you can
find a bottle. An uptown blend of 75 percent Garnacha with 10 per cent each of Tempranillo and Merlot and 5 per cent Syrah. Lots of summery red fruit flavours and aromas in this masterful blend.
There are numerous options for trend conscious foodies caught in the locavore movement. Locally grown BC Rosés are usually blends, often inventive, almost always delicious. The blends vary from vintage to vintage depending on the availability of premium grapes and the whims and intentions of the winemakers.
The 2017 vintage of Play Estate Rosé $18.99 was made from grapes grown in their own vineyards overlooking Skaha Lake.
Bold, theatrically dramatic labels adorn all their wines and the Rosé is no exception. This complex blend is 62 per cent Merlot with Syrah, Zweigelt, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Cherry, raspberry and bosyenberry flavours dominate this earthy, off-dry Rosé.
Ladies who appreciate unique and unusual dry wines will love Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo. As always, as in almost any wine discussion, Italian winemakers have their own version, made from local indigenous grapes that are not necessarily found outside of Italy. Rosés are no exception.
Made entirely from 'old vine' indigenous Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo $23.99 is so deeply coloured that is could pass for a light red wine. As fruity as it seems on first sip, this gorgeous Rosé finishes crisp. Despite the abundance
of cherry, strawberry, red currant and raspberry aromas and flavours, it is bone dry.
There's a Rosé for every wine loving sister, daughter, mother or grandmother. Whether or not you decide to go with roses, too...
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