Rose wines for Valentine’s Day
Living in the fast lane often finds us neglecting our loved ones and so we welcome Valentines Day to take time off and enjoy with the special person in your life. Pink is the colour of the day and so it should as it signifies the love we give each other from our heart! Pink balloons, cards, teddy bears, pink centered chocolates etc displayed in stores days before the occasion all to tempt us to buy a gift for our loved one which, of course, adds to gathering brownie points!
We, however, like to do things a little differently and rather than give each other a gift we rather share a bottle of good Rose wine while watching the sunset from a romantic spot near the sea. Why Rose? Well its pink so that’s a start, but the good news is that Rose is the fashionable wine to drink right now and in France it is still the most popular style of wine consumed! Not surprising as it can be enjoyed on so many occasions. Good Roses are made from red grape varieties with just having limited skin contact which means the colour is a pale pink. Besides enjoying a glass or two on Valentines Day it is a perfect everyday drink to enjoy as an aperitif, or with a lovely summer buffet with Mediterranean style food or just simply with lashings of smoked salmon. Fuller bodied Roses are wonderful partners with pink colour foods like Norwegian Salmon, grilled crayfish and even prawns!
Our local Cape wineries have caught on to the popularity of this style of wine which means we are spoilt for choice with some excellent examples both still and sparkling. Here are six which will compliment your romantic interlude on the 14th and we have included a French Champagne for those who wish to splash out!
Jacquart Brut Rose – Reims, France – R513.50
Intense salmon pink in colour with aromas of ripe redcurrants, cherries and wild strawberries. The palate offers fresh full flavour with subtle peach and apricot on the fine finish. Enjoy with a red soup spiced with green cardamom or on its own if you intend proposing on the day!!
Domaine Des Dieux “Rose of Sharon” Brut Rose – Walker Bay – 2008 – R146.00
Subtle salmon colour with extraordinary aromas of rose petals, black cherry and candy floss. The deliciously rich palate offers a fine mousse which leads you to a mid palate of exotic strawberry cheesecake finishing a soft clean dry finish.
Allee Bleue Brut Rose – Franschhoek – 2012 – R122.50
A fresh and lively rose blended from our local variety Pinotage (65%) along with Chenin Blanc (20%) and Pinot Noir (15%).It offers a refreshingly fruity style drink with foamy bubbles and plenty of berry and cherry fruit offset by a clean, dry finish. The wine was kept on the lees for 10 months, a length of time which offers the wine perfect balance between light, yeasty complexity and fresher, fruitier flavours.
Eisen & Viljoen “Karen” – Paarl – 2011 – R120.00
Elegant dry rose made from Merlot has an attractive onion skin colour with subtle floral aromas and hints of freshly baked strawberry flan. It offers subtle flavours of strawberries and raspberries with faint whiffs of warm earth leading to a crisp dry finish.
Lynx Blanc de Noir – Franschhoek – 2013 – R62.50
Attractive pale salmon colour the wine offers a combination of fresh strawberry character wit aromatic peach like flavours. Perfect anytime summer wine!
Peter Bayly Cape Pink – Calitzdorp – 2012 – R85.50
Delicious alternative to the heavier Port style, the result is a wine with a lovely vibrant blush colour, rich ripe flavours of sweet watermelon, strawberry, green apple with just a hint of sweetness on the lingering aftertaste. Enjoy well-chilled, or on crushed ice on its own or as a refreshing Valentine fruit cocktail with a splash of pomegranate or cranberry juice.