The Best Rosé Wine To Enjoy On Board This Summer
by Kelly Sullivan
There’s something about rosé that quickly transports us back to halcyon days, when the weather is warmer, the days are longer and afternoons are whiled away with a cold glass of wine. Whether your summer setup is enjoyed onboard a superyacht or on the French Riviera, there’s no wine better suited to alfresco dining.
There’s been a resurgence of rosé in recent summers with new generations discovering the joys of pink wine, we’ve even seen demand extend into frozé iced drinks and rosé ice pops. Millennials caused a rosé boom and the supermarkets have expanded their offerings as much as 15% to meet demand. As a result, we're spoilt for choice and it’s hard to know what’s good.
One thing that needs to be cleared up is that paler isn’t always better. In fact, colour has no correlation with quality and the variation in colour comes from a number of contributing factors, the main one being the grape variety and the maceration process. If you were once stung by the vivid pink-hued rosé of the zinfandel boom, it’s time to stick your head above the parapet and experiment once again with more colourful rosés. There’s a whole world of flavours to discover in varied rosé wines and colour shouldn’t hold you back.
To that end, we've rounded up the best rosé wines to enjoy this summer...
Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel
Big sister to the renowned Whispering Angel that was the must-have tipple at every summer party for the last two years. If you think the original couldn't be bettered, think again. Slightly darker in colour and fuller in flavour, Rock Angel has the same well-balanced acidity with a peachier palette.
Hattingley Valley Still
A new release from this English winery, Still is a beautiful looking bottle filled with tourmaline pink rosé. A delightful bouquet of strawberry, lime and bubblegum burst from the glass, while grapefruit and strawberry follow through on the palate. It's dry, despite the bubblegum on the nose, with medium acidity.
Mirabeau Etoile Provence Rosé
This beautiful bottle of rosé with an ethereal, blush tint to it. It’s incredibly dry with high acidity bursting with citrus fruit flavours and delicate peach. On the nose whiffs of cut grass and floral aromas are softly distinguishable.
Simpsons Railway Hill Rosé
An exciting new discovery, this English rosé from Simpsons winery is a lovely summer tipple in a beautiful bottle. Salmon-pink in colour, it opens up after 30 minutes to reveal a lovely, complex rosé with aromas of fresh strawberries combined with lime and green apples on the palate.
Laroze Rose Drouhin Laroze 2017
Not one to miss, this strawberry-hued Laroze rosé is fragrant with lingering flavour. It’s juicy, mouth-watering with soft hints of pineapple on the nose with ripe strawberries and raspberries on the palate. Definitely one to stock up on.
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel
The lightness of Whispering Angel not only makes it easy to drink but it’s the perfect suitor to summer meals like hearty salads and meze platters. It’s sharp, slightly tart but elegant and dry.
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Susana Balbo Signature Rosé
This is an Argintinian rosé that packs a punch. It's undeniably enjoyable with a full, fruity bouquet from the get-go, it’s creamy in texture and delivers bright flavours with hints of citrus. It’s easily quaffable and thirst-quenching, all-in-all a great summer wine.
Light peach in colour, Mirabeau is one that will quickly transport you back to days on the beach, be it from the slight minerality on the nose or the ever-so gentle floral notes. It’s juicy but dry and easy to drink with a palate of tart red fruits and subtle peach. Acidity is noticeably high.