Somewhere between red and white, there’s rosé. It’s struggled sometimes with a reputation as a lightweight, in-between sort of bottle; but that’s way off.
Fortunately it’s been having a bit of a resurgence over the past couple of years, becoming a sort of trendy alternative to more established summer numbers.
Trying to get familiar? Here’s a brief explanation of what makes rosé tick.
How it’s made – red grapes, white method
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to rosé. Some people even think that you can get it just by mixing red and white wine together. Those people are kind of heading in the right direction, but it’s much more complicated than that.
Rosé wine is created by treating red grapes like white grapes, separating the juices from the grapes early on in the wine-making process.
Red wine gets its properties thanks to juice being given more time to take in tannins and gain it’s colour from the skin of the grapes. This period has a lot of influence on the resulting wine and is known as the “maceration time”. It’s a process that makes the production of red wine very distinct from the production of white.
Rosés share this maceration time with red wine, but it is much shorter, the grapes going almost straight to press without time to take in tannins. This short but significant phase of the production means they absorb a little color but all the tannins that make red wines so heavy and robust.
This is also the point at which variations within rosés come about. Pinot Noir rosés are generally much lighter (in color and in the mouth) than Malbec rosés, for example, thanks to a shorter maceration time.
Ok, but… how does it taste?
This faster cycle of production is what gives rosés their defining qualities, like their delicate and refreshingly uncomplicated flavours; the same things that make rosé ideal for hot weather.
Try our new rosé
If all this has you feeling inspired, Hecht & Bannier’s delicious, exemplary Rosé will be available in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hong Kong from Thursday, 21 April and is available NOW on the BottlesXO app in Singapore.