Rose Introduction

Important information if you are sensitive to Sulphites

Most Rose wines contain comparatively high levels of sulphites. For this reason we don't list many Rose wines as it's difficult to find ones with low sulphite content. However we now have two from Domaine Viret which are completely natural with just a tiny amount of added sulphite at bottling, which are perfectly safe for sulphite intolerant people, as well as delicious of course.

We also have a sulphite free Rose from Frey Winery in California, which again is completely natural with no chemicals whatsoever.

Plus we offer several other Roses which are comparatively very low in sulphites such as the delicious Julicher Pinot Noir from New Zealand and the Argiolas Sera Lori from Sardinia.

 
 

Le Malbec Rose 2012 75cl

A delicious wine from Boris Kovac, at a very reasonable price.

We've been stocking Boris's Le Malbec red for a couple of years, and were delighted to find his new Rose to be just as good. It shows plenty of fruit with a clean fresh mouthfeel - most "cheap" roses tend to be more synthetic than natural, but this one is low in chemicals and you can really taste the difference. And of course you'll notice it the following morning too as you won't get that chemical induced hangover.

It is made by lightly crushing the grapes which extracts the best juice without any harsh tannins. The result is a fruity, light and refreshing wine. The perfect accompaniment to salads and light dishes, and the ideal wine to sit and enjoy a glass (or bottle) in the sun!



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Claime D'Or Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 75cl

Silver International Competition of Terroir Wines, Brignoles, France 2013

Text from Bernardo's website:

This is a very fruity but DRY Rosé made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A mixture of berry fruit flavours explode on the nose while the palate reveals a full-bodied wine with lingering aftertaste. A rosé not to be taken lightly..

Very low in sulphites, hand crafted with each bottle indvidually numbered by hand.



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Grangehurst Cape Blend Rose 2011

John Platter 4 Stars

Sorry - still not a good photo! Jeremy photographed this himself, he hasn't yet got round to having a professional shot taken! The wine is delicious though!

A fantastic crisp, refreshing exciting blend from Jeremy Walker at Grangehurst. A cross between a light red and a Rose to be drunk chilled, receiving great acclaim in South Africa. A dry rosé blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz!

Jeremy's reds are made in a unique style for South Africa - extensive barrel ageing prior to blending which creates beautifully integrated, complete wines. Well he's done the same with this Rose - it's full in the mouth with good body (like a red!) yet with all the delicious cherry flavours of a Rose, and even a slight citrus lift from the small amount of Chenin in there giving a pleasant crisp finish. It's like having a Red, White and Rose wine all in one. I love big reds but in warmer weather like to switch to either crisp White or a Rose wine - well this wine bridges that gap perfectly. The ideal Rose wine for a Red wine lover! Just perfect in the warmer weather.

Jeremy hand crafts all his wines - I've seen the set up and watched the bottling by hand, all done by his trusted right hand woman Etsebethe and one assistant. He uses absolutely minimal additives and achieves some of the lowest free sulphur ratings we've ever seen outside of completely sulphite free wines. This Rose has just been tested (October 2013) and only contains a remarkable 16 ppm free sulphite, and only 61 ppm total sulphite making it safe for sulphite intolerant people and a really healthy lifestyle option for anybody looking to cut out the additives in life!

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Angels Tears Rose by Grande Provence

A beautiful rose with strawbwerry flavours and a hint of sweetness on the finish - the perfect summer drink or ideal aperitif.

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Rose Cosmoviniviti Domaine Viret 2011 Natural Wine 75cl

This is a fantastic new (virtually) sulphite free Rose from Philippe Viret, made in tiny quantities. It's paler than his Solstice, more the colour and style of Cotes de Provence rose than Rhone, and is absolutely delicious. Philippe has only made one batch of this wine - 3000 bottles, of which we have one pallet and the rest he is selling in France, so it won't hang around long. Presentation is very good with a simple white label with the Yin/Yang symbol in copper.

Philippe is now expanding making additional wines under his "Cosmoviniviti" system as opposed to his "Cosmoculture". The basic difference is that Cosmoculture wines have to be produced from his own grapes, grown on his own land which has never had any chemical treatment. As he is sourcing grapes from his neighbours' farms for his extra wines, although they are grown organically, he is labelling them under Cosmoviniviti to keep them separate.

This wine is fantastic, perfectly safe for sulphite intolerant people, and highly recommended! It is just above the legal limit for being classed as sulphite free so by law has to state "contains sulphites" on the label although the amount is negligible (just 6% of permitted levels) and only just detectable in the laboratory.

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Solstice Rose Domaine Viret 2011 Natural Wine 75cl

Jancis Robinson 16/20

At last a virtually sulphite free Rose! I say 'virtually' because this wine is made with a little residual sugar to lend a touch of sweetness, so Philippe has added a minimal amount of sulphur to control these sugars. The amount really is tiny - far less than you'd find in a good low sulphite red. This is probably one of the lowest sulphur Rose wines produced anywhere in the world. Strong fruit flavours, very well balanced acidity and a crisp finish with just a lift of sweetness. It will suit lovers of dry Rose or those with a sweeter tooth. Delicious as an aperitif or on a hot summer's day.

Extremely limited availability of course - only 300 bottles for the year which has arrived today (May 31st) so get some while you can!

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Solstice Rose Domaine Viret 2011 Natural Wine 75cl
 
 

Frey White Zinfandel - Sulphite free natural wine

Pale copper in colour. Good fruit flavours of peach and raspberry. Again very clean with a dry finish. Exceptionally rare to find a sulphite free Rose which is as good as this. Please note this wine is dry in style, not the artificially sweetened typical White Zin that has flooded the supermarkets and damaged the reputation of this grape variety.

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Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir Rose 75cl

Julicher is a boutique winery on the Te Muna Terraces on the outskirts of Martinborough, built by Wim Julicher. They specialise in producing distinctive hand crafted wines and released their first vintage in 2002.

This is a delicious Pinot Noir Rose, with plenty of strawberry fruit and a full creamy mouthfeel, rounded off with a long satisfying finish. The perfect wine for a summer's day. It's also low in sulphites so it's not only delicious it's a healthy choice too.

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90 Points
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Torresella Pinot Grigio Rose IGT Veneto 2011 75cl

A delicious Pinot Grigio Rose, ideal for the warmer weather (if we get any!). Plenty of light strawberry fruit with a full, creamy mouthfeel, and a dry finish. Perfect to enjoy as a glass of wine on it's own, or to accompany light meals like salads.

Last five bottles until new stock arrives!

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Susana Balbo Dominio del Plata Zohar Rose of Malbec 2009 75cl

14% abv. A fantastic Rose from Susana. Plenty of fruit with a full, creamy texture - we likened it to drinking rhubarb and custard! Very well balanced, dry finish with good length. Great stuff!

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Argiolas Serra Lori Rosato Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2011 75cl

Robert Parker - 89 Points

13.5% abv. This is a lovely Rose. A nose of strawberries, so it comes as no suprise to get strong strawberry flavours on the palate. Plenty of fruit with a full mouthfeel and creamy texture. The wine has a crisp, dry finish leaving you wanting more. Ideal as an aperitif, for sipping in the garden or can partner certain foods such as chicken or white meats. Reminiscent of unsugared stawberries and cream!

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Tarras Vineyards Florian Reserve Pinot Noir Rose Central Otago 2008 75cl

The flash phography distorts the colour and makes the wine look very vibrant in colour. It's actually a pale pink (not a vibrant orange!) as you can see from the neck.

IWC Bronze Medal

Tarras is a tiny operation making very limited quantities of world class wines. This rose is world class. A barrel fermented and aged Pinot Noir! This gives the wine body and complexity to accompany the wonderful strawberry fruit flavours. Like their 'standard' wine above, it's like strawberries and cream with even more depth and length. Extremely limited - they only made 147 cases!



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Tapiz Malbec Rose 2012 75cl

A fairly dark red in colour for a rose wine, full of delicious strong red fruit flavours. Well balanced acidity and a dry finish. It's a lovely refreshing wine ideal to enjoy on a summer's day, as an aperitif or to accompany light dishes. It's very difficult to find affordable roses low in sulphites but Jane can enjoy this one with no reaction whatsoever. Highly recommended.

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Aresti Estates Selection Rose 2011 75cl

Chile. 13.5% abv. Aresti have blended in some Carmenere to the Cabernet Sauvignon for this vintage, although they've kept the style and flavour of the wine virtually identical to the 2007 Cab Sauv. It's still strawberry red in colour with good strong fruit flavours, dry finish and great length. This wine is delicious, one of the nicest roses I've had for a long time. Very similar in style to good Spanish. Recommended.

The sulphite content is a little higher though, although way lower than a factory produced wine. Jane had a very mild reaction to this one so we've given it a medium rating. If you're sensitive to sulphites I advise giving it a miss. If like me, sulphites have no obvious affect on you, this is a great wine for an aperitif or to accompany white meats.

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Moncaro Rosaspina Marche IGT Rosato 75cl
12.5% abv. A pleasant, easy drinking fruity rose ideal for a sunny afternoon. Plenty of fruit with a dry finish. It's a simple straight forward quaffing wine, but very enjoyable. Jane had a very mild reaction to the sulphites so if you react to sulphites it's probably best to give it a miss. I however thoroughly enjoyed it with no adverse affects.



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