9 rosés to try before you die

8, Alpha Rosé, 2016

The style: Dry rosé
The medal: Silver
The price: Approx £18
The sugar content: 1g/l
The ABV: 13%
The closure: Natural cork
The producer: Alpha Estate
The source: Florina, Greece
The grapes: 100% Xinomavro
The taste: With its minimalist label and beautiful bulbous clear glass bottle showing off the pale rosé inside, this is a pink wine designed to make an upmarket visual statement. Neither the fact that it comes from Greece, nor that it’s made with the country’s native Xinomavro grape, are stated on the front of this elegant package, perhaps because it’s thought that such information might detract from its top-end positioning. However, for the professional, both these facts make the wine an interesting arrival on to the luxury rosé scene, which is, of course, dominated by products from Provence. And having tasted it without knowledge as to source region or constituent grapes, it is a wine that sits alongside its French rivals in terms of quality. As for style, it is delicate aromatically, but has an appealing oily feel in the mouth, with summer berries, some peach, and a touch of red apple too. Fruity and balanced, this is a lovely dry rosé, and a brilliant option if you find yourself in the eastern part of the Med.

3 Responses to “9 rosés to try before you die”

  1. Chris T says:

    A nice cold pint of real ale is much more immediate refreshment than any rosé

  2. Gordon S says:

    Some of these rosé wines sound lovely. Rosé wines seem quite popular at the moment and the average quality has seems to have improved. I was a bit disappointed to see that nearly all those presented come from France and none from Italy. I have tasted some fabulous Italian rosés ….. at fairly approachable prices.

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