It’s time for another blog from our wine expert, Neil Hodgson, this week he’s talking rosé wines, pop down to Fresh Choice Nelson for yours!
Rosé wines are currently the fastest growing range in supermarket wine sales, and I’m not surprised. Not so many years ago they were seen as just simple, easy drinking wines, but all that has changed, they are now seen as a serious wine style.
While the easy drinking style of Pinot Noir Rosé that is bursting with strawberries and cream flavours is very enticing, it is the drier style that has so much to offer when it comes to complexity, layers of flavour and enjoyability with food.
Because rosé wines are generally made from the juice of red grapes that has only had a small amount of time in contact with the grape skins after being crushed, the key is to think of them as lightly coloured red wines rather than pink wines.Thinking like this moves them from an enjoyable drink to a great wine style.
When made well rosé wines can appear sweet but are actually off-dry. They are just bursting with delicious ripe fruit flavours and are a beautiful thing, wines like the Rockburn Stole Kiss Rosé ($27.99) from Central Otago fit into this category and it is deservedly attaining cult status, it is a rosé that is both pretty in colour and seious in flavour.
The Tohu Rosé ($14.99) from Marlborough and the Kahurangi Estates Rosé ($17.99) slot into the slightly drier category but with beautiful ripe fruit flavours, and are both simply delicious drinks.
One of my favourite styles is a rosé sparkling wine, and one of your favourites at Fresh Choice Nelson is the Cloudy Bay Sparkling Rosé ($36.99), it has creamy bubbles that dissolve in your mouth, lovely fruit flavours and some nice fresh acidity in the finish; it is the perfect celebration wine and is incredibly popular as a wedding wine.
This summer add rosé wines to your shopping trolley, you might be surprised just how much you love them!