The sun is out which can only mean one thing... Rosé season is upon us!
Whether you're having a barbecue or lounging it up at the local bar, you cannot get away from spotting a glass of rosé in someone's grasp. The perfect accoutrement for barbecued food, salads or seafood; we've rounded up our best five rosés to get you through the summer ahead:
5. The Spanish One
At number five is this organic (non-certified) Garnacha (Grenache) from a family run, Spanish producer Cuna de la Poesia. This is everything you want from a perfect summer rosé; delicate, refreshing, and just the right balance between fruit and crisp acidity. A wine you’ll want to reorder. An appealing bouquet of wild strawberries, with hints spice and flora followed by a fresh and delicate mouthfeel.
4. The South African One
One of the top producers in South Africa right now, Johan Meyer has collaborated with English importer Ben Henshaw to produce this magnificent beast. The Cinsault grape is farmed organically with minimal intervention with no fining or filtration before going into the bottle. Beautifully pure rosé, with characteristic strawberry notes and hints of sweet spices. Palate has refreshing acidity and good length. Versatile and food friendly. Doesn't hurt that it is a lovely colour too!
3. The Best Value for Money One
We are all looking to save a few sheets here and there, and if your organising your annual summer party but have to cater for your wine guzzling friends, the Smiths, as well as your fancy, wine connoisseur in-laws, then look no further. This offering from Les Calandieres is perfect; brilliant salmon colour with beautiful silver hints. Fine and elegant nose with floral and red fruits notes. Fresh in the mouth and balanced, with notes of orchard fruits and citrus.
2. The Provence One
Plastered across social media due to its striking label, but adored by millions due to its elegant quality; AIX. The Gold awarded premium Provence rosé that doesn't break the bank. With its telltale pale salmon pink colour and fresh floral nose with violet notes, red berries, watermelon and ripe citrus. The palate has good layers, fresh and structured with mild extract, a crisp acidity, juicy red fruit, citrus notes and good length.
1. The One
I don't think a rosé showdown would be complete without the world renowned, Rock Angel! Whilst Chateau D'esclans has a whole rosé range, we are show casing this bottle due to its outstanding quality and popularity. Whether you want a classic vision of Provence in a bottle or just to take a snap for the 'Gram; this is the rosé you NEED. An engaging freshness with vibrant red fruits. Succulent, precise and pure palate with a slightly tart finish but the minerality shines through and the gently silky texture is charming. The mouthfeel is also impressive, giving the wines a great doubled length of vivacity. This is on account of the mixture of Grenache, Rolle, Syrah, Tibouren and Cinsault grapes it has been made from.