A Rosé for every season and every occasion #TryThis
Rosé season is upon us, or more accurately for me, ‘rosé multiple times a week’ season is upon us. I adore pink wine and drink it year round, though more often when the summer sun is shining. It has a red-meets-white, body-meets-freshness character that can work well with mid-weight dishes, add a different shade and style to a tasting menu, or pair wonderfully with smoky, spicy BBQ flavours. I prefer the drier examples that showcase acidity and brightness. There are countless styles, and one of the deciding factors is the grape that is used. Here are three from right here in Ontario that show unique personality and a range of styles.
Norman Hardie Vin Gris de Ponton VQA, Prince Edward County ($19)
Vin Gris translates to ‘grey wine’, an unappetizing name for a very short skin contact style rosé. Pinot Gris is used here, which has a pinkish-copper tinge that lends itself to the wine. Dry and textured, with an appetizing bitterness and notes of ripe red apples and peaches.
Malivoire Moira’s Vineyard 2017 VQA, Beamsville Bench ($18)
Made with 100% Pinot Noir, this is an ethereal beauty. Due to the thin skins of the Pinot Noir grapes, the colour in the glass is so pale you might think you are drinking a white if it weren’t for the incredible aromas of wild strawberries and cherry blossoms. Stick to the lighter fare to pair this one with food- think fish ceviche, fresh harvested veggies, or solo sipping.
Organized Crime Rosé 2017 VQA, Beamsville Bench ($15)
This fella is a blend- 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Cabernet Franc, a splash of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and a whisper of Petit Verdot. The palate is juicy and fresh, not heavy or overripe, with flavours of crunchy red berries and a light herbal note. For the price, this is a real gem.