Rosé All Day! VIVA’s pick of five of the best Rosé
Emma Chadwick | 23rd August 2021
Rosé All Day! VIVA’s pick of five of the best Rosé: It’s Rosé weather at the moment and what is it about the pink tipple that just goes well with sunshine and glamour. And what actually is Rosé?
It’s not a grape first off, it’s how Rosé is made that makes it different. In fact, it is actually technically a red wine, made like the other reds but with one crucial difference that it doesn’t ferment as long with the grape skin.
This is what gives rosé its hallmark pink color and unlike other vinos, it can be made from any red grape in any country.
That’s great news as we’ve rounded up five of the best Rosé from all over the globe.
Van Hunks Rosé MCC Sparkling Wine and Rosé Sparkling Mead
Van Hunks is a range of South African sparkling wine equivalents to Champagne from the viticultural paradise of Stellenbosch and Sparkling Meads from. Hand crafted using a traditional method identical to Méthode Champenoise, Van Hunks Rosé MCC is bottle fermented in small batches and matured in contact with the lees for approximately 30 months.
The wonderfully tasting Van Hunks Rosé MCC Sparkling Wine is a combination of Pinot Noir and the elegance of Chardonnay, with the addition of South Africa’s Pinotage, offering a rich and long flavourful finish.
If you’re looking for something different than a traditional sparkling wine, Van Hunks Rosé Sparkling Mead is made in South Africa at the foot of Table Mountain with natural ingredients including honey, hibiscus and water. Van Hunks Rosé Sparkling Mead is produced in the same way as Champagne but with honey instead of grapes. Van Hunks is one of the few sparkling drinks brands in the world to have successfully achieved a consistently high-quality bottle-fermented mead.
Van Hunks Rosé MCC Sparkling Wines RRP: £20 for 75cl. ABV: 12%
Van Hunks Rosé Sparkling Mead RRP: £25 for 75cl. ABV: 12%
Available from: Amazon and vanhunksdrinks.com
2. STARLINO Sparkling Rosé
STARLINO Sparkling Rosé is a rich pink colour with small, soft bubbles. Made from two varieties of Moscato grape, Moscato Bianco and Moscato Brachetto, it is a refreshing, sparkling rosé with delicate aromas of strawberries, raspberries and violets which provide juicy berry flavours with a hint of honey.
STARLINO Sparkling Rosé is presented in a clear glass bottle with a Champenoise-style cork, perfect for celebrations but also to be enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitif and makes for a great lower alcohol alternative to Pink Prosecco when making an Italian Spritz or Royale.
STARLINO Italian Sparkling Rosé RRP: from £17.98 ABV: 7.5%. Available from: Amazon
3. Le Météore Rosé
For a classic French rosé but moving away from Provence, look no further than Le Météore – a pale, organic AOP Faugères rosé. Ten thousand years ago, a meteorite struck a hillside in Southern France. Today, Domaine du Météore’s vines grow within and around it’s crater. Dry and delicate, the nose is fresh with notes of pineapple, yuzu and pomelo. Beautifully balanced on the palate, both tender and fresh.
Le Météore Rosé 2020 RRP £15.50. Available from: Domaine du Météore
4. Faustino VII Rosé
This Faustino rosé offers a very affordable Spanish alternative to the classic French rosé with complex & intense with aromas of fresh fruit and flowers. The well-integrated acidity gives the rosé freshness with a very fruity finish and slight hints of strawberries and cream for summer in a glass.
Faustino VII Rosé RRP £7.00 for a 75cl bottle – Available from Asda.
5. Lady A Rosé
Although if you have your heart set on a glass of something from Provence, Lady A Rosé is the perfect choice. A classically pale and elegant rosé made at Château la Coste, Provence in partnership with Soho House and their Master Sommelier, Vincent Gasnier. The vineyard prides itself on honouring the area’s nature by practicing biodynamic principles and preserving the terroir and soil fertility. Lady A is made from the traditional rosé blend of Grenache and Cinsault, with notes of citrus, pink grapefruit, peach and raspberry.
RRP – £14.95 for 75cl – Available from 31DOVER.com.