I don’t really think Sweden is a rose country. Not in the way for example Spain is. However, in the spring there is some kind of wacky rosé-fever. Everyone wants to start drinking it around the time of April. The season will peak by mid-June, and no one will even look at a bottle of rose after August. If you are interested in a short introduction of how rose is made, you can have a peak at this earlier post on the topicLast weekend was all about rosé – sparkling and still. We held our spring tasting with our friends and customers, introducing old favorites as well as some new acquaintances to the selection. Looking at the big picture, we have quite many roses in our selection. However, regardless if the season is short, it is very sweet from a sale point of view. Last year, we basically sold out in a day.
So here you go, a peak into our 2016 selection with prices and tasting notes:
Martinez Brut Nature Rose Cava
This bottle comes from our friends the Rimarts Brothers, Ricard and Ernest. The cava is named after their father, Ricard Martínez de Simón. This is really the most amazing rosé I have ever had. The grapes used are Pinot Noir and Garnacha, and the cava has been aged from9 to 15 months. It is a brut nature, with no dosage what so ever. There is only around 2g/L of residual sugar fro the fermentation process. The taste is extremely fresh, like a dip in a cool ocean. Even though the wine is dry the palate is charismatic with red fruit and candies redcurrant. The mouth feel is creamy, and the finish long and delicate. Last but not least, the color of the wine is this beautiful light salmon. I just can’t take it how nice the wine looks in a glass.
Price: 175 SEK/ bottle
Torelló Rose Brut Reserva Cava
I just love the prestigious style of the house of Torelló. The production from start to finish is just screaming quality. We have been in some negotiations for almost six months and finally we are closing in on having this beautiful rosé (and a few other their cavas) in our little shop. The rosé has a beautiful ruby color, the kind that is popular amongst the locals in Spain. It is a true Catalonian cava, not a product for the export market (this is the stuff you want to keep to your self). The cava is made from Pinot Noir and Garnacha and it is fermented minimum 18 months. It has some sweetness, but we are still talking about only 5-6g/L. The taste is with red berries mixed with fresh minerality. The mouth feel is fine and creamy. This is a perfect cava with some food. Perhaps some Jamon or grilled meats. What a perfect drink for Midsummer celebrations in June.
Price 199SEK/ bottle
Peret Fuster Rose Brut Cava
Peret Fuster rosé Brut Cava is one of our first wines, and a favorite amongst our customers. This dry and fresh rose cava is made of completely from Trepat and it is fermented for 18 months. A hint of sugar is added in the end of the fermentation to add a light sweetness to the taste. It is a great aperitif, or companion with desserts. And did I mention it has an awesome bright ruby color that looks great in a party glass.
Price 183SEK/ bottle
Quinta de Saes Rose
This Portuguese rosé is a blend of Baga, Cabernet Sauvigno, Jaen, Tinta Roriz and Touriga-Nacional. It has grown granite base with lines of sand and clay from vines of 15 to 45 years at an altitude of 500m above sea level. Mineral scented with fresh tropical fruit and. Smooth and fresh on the palate with an elegant fruit and acidity balance which provides a fairly long finish. A lovely companion with light meat dishes, seafood and fish as well as salads. It does however also stand very well on its own and is perfect to be enjoyed in the summer sun.
Price 117SEK/ bottle
There you go! Our favorite rosés for the season, all available soon via our webshop.
Let the rosé be with you!