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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer's looking Rosé

The Heatwave has finally struck and we are all gasping and looking for something to quench our thirst. I love nothing better than a chilled glass (or two) of Rosé wine.

If only my fridge could be this well stocked with those blush tinted bottles! But t'husband might think I had a drink problem...

Photo image from manrepeller

But mine is mostly full of semi-skimmed milk, lacto-free milk, Coconut milk, Koko milk and chocolate milk....and the day before Ocado comes, we always seem to run out of milk! #firstworldproblems 

Currently my favourite wine is on offer with Ocado, £5.99 Coquille d'Orc Rosé 

For wine buffs here is some more info from the website

Brand

Domaine de Sainte Rose

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place.

ABV (%)

13

Tasting Notes

This rosé has a pleasing pale strawberry colour; aromas of grapefruit and pear drops; and luscious summer fruit flavours.

Serving Suggestions

Drink it chilled at any time of year!

Producer

Domaine Sainte Rose

Winemaker

Charles & Ruth Simpsons

History

Domaine de Sainte Rose is an exclusive viticultural estate situated in the Languedoc region of southern France. The Domaine was acquired in June 2002 by Charles and Ruth Simpson, a young couple who left their respective international careers to pursue a mutual dream to establish a boutique vineyard and winery of their own. The Simpsons have a very specific quality-orientated strategy. The goal at Domaine de Sainte Rose is to create authentic, affordable, family made, quality wines in limited quantities

Regional Information

Made with love and care in the Languedoc region of S. France

Current Vintage

2014

Vinification Details

All three red varieties were harvested at night to protect the juice. The juice was treated as if it were white wine and taken off its skins immediately to ensure the palest pink colour possible. The juice was protected all the way to the tank where it was cold stabilized prior to fermentation. Fermentation: Primary fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Another very quaffable wine is by Mirabeau Provence Rosé , which has got a thumbs up by Victoria Moore at the Telegraph

Brand

Mirabeau

ABV (%)

13

Grape Variety

RedGrapeBlend, Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache

Tasting Notes

A vibrant pink, classic pale Provence rose¿ whose generous fruit provides a heady mixture of wild strawberry, red cherry and raspberry aromatics. Elegant and balanced on the palate with a delicious fresh acidity creating a sumptuous lingering finish.

Serving Suggestions

It works beautifully as an aperitif, yet is versatile enough to go with a wide variety of cuisines

Producer

Mirabeau en Provence

Agent

Stephen Cronk

Winemaker

Jo Ahearne MW

History

Mirabeau was set up in 2010 by British couple Stephen and Jeany Cronk who decided to swap their lives in south-west London for new lives as winemakers in Provence in the south of France. Jo Ahearne MW leads the winemaking team and our wines are developing a reputation for outstanding quality with consistently high scores from some of the toughest and highly regarded wine critics in the world (e.g. Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson MW).

Regional Information

Mirabeau Pure is an AOP Cotes de Provence Rosé made from vines high in the hills of Mont Aurelien, southeast of Aix-en-Provence. The limestone/clay vineyards are some of the highest in the region at 300-400m above sea level and this, combined with the north facing aspect, means the fruit benefits from longer ripening periods which add to its complexity and fresh acidity.

Current Vintage

2014

Vinification Details

We harvest at night and cool the grapes before they go into the maceration tanks. We macerate for between 4-12 hours, depending on the varieties and then we press and pump into fermentation tanks. Once fermentation is complete we rack the wine and use a tangential filter to extract flavour from the bourbes. We are very careful about preserving the primary aromas and freshness of the wine and so we use CO2 and nitrogen to protect the wine, right through to and including on the bottling line.

What's your Summer tipple?

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