Rosés are ideal spring-summer wines and are versatile enough to serve with a variety of dishes and flavours. You can also drink them alone or in cocktails. Unlike red wines, they don't improve as they mature. Chilling at 5-7 degrees centigrade is the best way to drink them but it's a question of personal taste.
The Ideal Summer Drink. This Southern Australian wine, with an alcoholic content of 12%, is made of a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot grapes. Its sweet and aromatic berry and fruit flavours make it the ideal choice for the summer. It compliments light dishes like salads and antipasta.
Inspired by the Chilean Coast.The Isla Negra winery is located in Chile's Central Valley, whose Mediterranean climate suits the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot grapes combined to make this rosé. It has a fresh strawberry/cherry flavour and goes well with spicy cuisine, paella and poultry dishes.
A Cape Wine of 100% Pinotage. The pinotage red grape variety was created in 1925 and is characteristic of South African wines. Cultivated in the area near Table Mountain, this rosé gives off a strawberry/floral aroma. You can serve this wine with fish dishes (like salmon and sushi) as well as heavier venison and game.
A Fruity Californian Rosé. Established in 1992 in the hills near San Jose, the Blossom Hill winery has created this rosé from mainly Zinfandel grapes combined with some Chenin Blanc and Riesling. Its strawberry taste holds a hint of watermelon and is ideal with oriental/spicy food.
A Fruity Tropical Rosé. Although this Californian winery has been producing wines since the 1960s, they didn't start exporting to the UK until 2007. This rosé combines fruity flavours such as pears, peaches and tropical pineapple. You can drink this wine with ice or with seafood, fresh fruit and mild-flavoured cheeses.
A Sweet Medium-bodied Rosé. Launched in 2003, Echo Falls became the 5th largest wine brand in the UK in only 5 years. The dominant grape variety in this rosé is Zinfandel (76%) which is combined with varieties like Muscat and Colombard. Its strawberry/peach aromas make it the ideal accompaniment to light summer desserts and fresh fruit salads.
Formerly Labelled as Twin Valley. The Gallo winery was established in 1933 and is still a family-run affair four generations later. Its location in the Sacramento Delta, with its warm days and cool nights, is ideal for growing the Muscat grapes used in this wine. It tastes of fruit (mandarin orange, peach and pomegranate) and goes well with Asian cuisine, summer desserts and a cheeseboard.
Inspired by Provençal Rosés. Compared to the fruity and sweet roses we're used to, this rosé has taken its inspiration from the lighter and crisper roses of Southern France. Launched on the UK market in 2018, it has a refreshing taste of summer fruit and a slightly higher alcohol content than most roses (11%).
A Medium-bodied Dry Rosé. This rosé is made from red Shiraz grapes and is closer to a red wine than a white in taste. Chile's Central Valley is an excellent place (in terms of soil and climate) for growing these red grapes. It tastes of berries combined with plums and has one of the highest alcohol content levels for a rosé (13.2%).
A French-style Australian Rosé. This winery was set up in 1847 by a Bavarian immigrant, Johann Gramp, but didn't export to the UK until 1984. Located in the Barossa Valley in Australia, this winery uses Pinot Noir, Grenache and Mataro grapes in blending this lighter rosé and has a cherry/floral aroma.