JWL Issue #095: A Primer on Pink Wine

April 7, 2020

Last Tuesday, as this email hit your inbox announcing the pre-order of our rosé box: rain swept Britain for the first time in a month. Talk about bad timing.

It prompted almost hourly stares out the window, prompting the question: is it rosé weather yet? And so isitroseweather.co.uk was born – if ever in doubt, check on there. (And please do share freely).

We've ordered limited numbers of each rosé, but we've got the last few left available – once it's gone, it's gone. Shipments will be starting on Thursday via DPD (that means bank holiday deliveries are still fine!)

This week in Taste, we see two gems from Waitrose, alongside a review of one of the rosé we're sending out from England. In Learn, we've got an intro on rosé itself.


A Waitrose gem & English rosé

Marselan (£6.99 from Waitrose) is part of their lesser-known grapes range. This needs to be open for 30 minutes first, but once it has been, dark red berries and black pepper are prominent with a balanced and medium-bodied wine.

Petit Manseng (£9.99 from the same range) is a delicious white from Jurançon (not to be confused with Jura). This has a gentle aroma of apricots, with a smooth, full body and a tart bite right at the end. England is not a wine region you choose to grow in on a whim. Our climate, perfectly matched at the best of times for sparkling wine, can be tricky for everything else. Oxney's still rosé was the first great example of a still rosé I tasted. This fills the mouth with strawberries and other pinot noir-driven red fruits. It is a delight that I get to send it out in this box.


Pink wine: a primer

Pink wines are red grapes made with some skin contact. After the grapes are crushed, the juice is left in contact with the skins for a few hours, then removed before fermentation.

Pink wines go by many different names including rosé, rosado, rosato, and clarete. They also have many different styles, even though the dry and light Provencial style has dominated in recent years.

Pink wines range from almost translucent and salmony, through to almost red in colour. Aromas can be incredibly diverse but often include the lighter red fruits, as well as citrus, stone, tropical, and floral aromas.

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