Sunday’s weekly wine picks: Drink pink this week
As Bath’s weather forecast seems to be brightening up again, this week is all about joining wine’s latest craze: rosé. This pink treat has improved its quality significantly over the last few years thanks to a growing demand.
Nowadays it’s less about those sweet, sugary White Zinfandels and more about crisp rosé bursting with raspberries and summer fruits. Enjoy these wines like you would a white; chilled and on their own in the garden, or with some light bites. Rosé goes especially well with spicy food and shellfish.
This week, I’ve picked some top class rosés you must try.
Mirabeau Cotes de Provence
Here’s a clasic Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache rosé blend but made with excellent skill. Mirabeau is gaining huge appeal recently after launching its “Pure” premium rosé in the UK – but I think their original Cotes de Provence has even more appeal.
For just under £10, you get bags of delicious flavour. It’s packed with strawberry appeal over a flavoursome summer fruits body. Good length, very dry and plenty of acidity. This is a marvelous sunshine pink and one of the best Provence has to offer at this price.
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé
A more premium option, but a rosé that’s incredibly hard to beat on character and flavour, is from the winemakers at Cornwall’s Camel Valley. This world-class vineyard, possibly better known for its stunning sparkling wines, grows Pinot Noir that is just ripe, preserving its wild berry notes and acidity. When this is transformed into their still rosé you get a complex raspberry mousse texture with those wild berry notes, which is divine!
If the Camel Valley Pinot Noir rosé proves one thing, it’s that the English can make both sparkling and still wines to the very best standard. It also proves that bad label doesn’t mean bad wine…
If you do one thing this week, drink pink.
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