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 Frey Winery in California, which are completely natural with no chemicals whatsoever. Plus another sulphite free one from Domaine Costes Cirgues, plus a very low sulphite delicious organic Rose from Cantina La Selva in Maremma, Tuscany.

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Grande Provence Rose 2015 75cl

A stunningly good new wine! Obviously as this is the first ever release there are no awards but it certainly deserves some.

Beautiful pale copper in colour. It's full and round in the mouth with bags of flavour. Crisp natural integrated acidity so it finishes clean and dry with a long finish. This is very good wine. Grande Provence's notes state:

"Made from free run juice from our very best Merlot and Cabernet grapes with the merest hint of blush from minimal skin contact. The juice was settled and cold fermented to capture the ripe and vibrant fruitiness of the two varieties. This wine is aged in tank for a brief duration of 6 months to allow for harmony between the components and then bottled early to present a fresh, fruit forward wine.

A pale pink, delicately fruity wine with nuances of apple and fresh berries with a dry and crisp finish. Perfectly balanced, this is a wonderful quaffing wine for a warm summer`s day".

Grande Provence Website



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John's Rating

90 Points




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Rainbow's End Shiraz Rose Stellenbosch 2016 75cl

This is Anton's brand new Shiraz Rose - please excuse the photo it isn't entirely accurate, as no photos exist yet. This wine is a beautiful pale copper in colour, very similar in appearance and style to good Cotes du Provence - it is beautiful!

On our recent trip to the Cape Anton had invited us up for a braai on the Sunday. We had the daughter and her friend with us. Anton's partner is a well known food blogger and chef in SA known as "the kitchen vixen" so we knew we were in for a treat. Anton, being a South African man, was in charge of the meat of course and the Kitchen Vixen rustled up some stunning starters and side dishes.

It was a hot day so naturally I was looking forward to a glass or two of Anton's Chenin Blanc which is one of my very favourite white wines. However he produced this new Rose which I hadn't even heard about, and it was superb. Great flavour, very natural and fresh in style. I stayed on it while the girls all had the Chenin, and we whiled away a few hours on the stoop with the occassional dip in the pool to cool down. Naturally I had to have some Family Reserve (2013) Red Blend with the braai, and that was just sensational too. But I was very impressed with this Rose. It's rare to find one so delicious, fresh and low in additives, so I heartily recommend you try it. In my opinion it is worth more than £8.99 but we want to pass on Anton's good price and get it out to our customers for this summer.

Rainbow's End Website



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Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

90 Points




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Valtonar Alegria Rosado D.O. Ribera del Duero 75cl
A lovely rose made from Tempranillo and Merlot. Fermented with the grapes natural yeasts without additives, then lightly fined with egg whites. It's very low in sulphites as Valtonar are ardent fans of making wines as naturally as possible.

Soft strawberry flavours with good body and a dry finish.

Don't be put off by the amateaur photo. it isn't this dark in real life. It's a lovely wine, give it a go!



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Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

Free Sulphur
25 mg/l
No wood used
Sustainable Farming

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Valtonar Alegria Rosado D.O. Ribera del Duero 75cl
 
 

La Selva Organic Rosato IGT 2015 75cl

Organically certified by ICEA, Naturland and NOP

A lovely fruity rose with a dry finish. Made from a blend of the local Ciliegiolo and Sangiovese grapes. Ciliegiolo derives it's name from the Italian for cherry (Cillieglia) so it's no surprise this grape gives the wine strong cherry flavours. It is lovely and very natural tasting. Delicious, healthy and good for you!

La Selva Website

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Free Sulphur
19 mg/l
Gluten free
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La Selva Organic Rosato IGT 2015 75cl
 
 

Grangehurst Cape Blend Rose 2015

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!

Grangehurst Website

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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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Pont du Jour Rose Organic Domaine Costes Cirgues 2015 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Please excuse the picture! Their wines are only made in tiny quantities and not commercially available so we had to photoshop the only available image we could get.

This wine is our most sophisticated sulphite free Rose. Fairly rich with noticeable body. Subtle fruit flavours with some almond on the long finish. This is a food wine, perfect for the French lifestyle sat outside a cafe in the sun eating cured meats and good cheese. But it's also lovely to savour on it's own.



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Sulphite Content:
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92 Points
Free Sulphur
13 mg/l
Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Frey Organic White Zinfandel - Sulphite free natural wine

Frey's website states:

A dry, but fruity wine highlighted with notes of white peaches and raspberries. We ferment our wines with traditional yeast.

Total sulfite, naturally occurring: BATF analysis, 0ppm.

Frey Website

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<5 mg/l
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Frey Organic Natural Rose - Sulphite free natural wine

BTI World Wine Championships - Silver Medal & rated "Highly Recommended,"

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Please note the 8mg/l sulphites in this wine are all naturally occurring (not synthetic chemicals) and are completely harmless even to people with a severe sulphite allergy. Like the other Rose wines and the the whites on this page they can be safely regarded as "sulphite free".

Frey Website

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Argiolas Serra Lori Rosato Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2015 75cl

Robert Parker - 89 Points for the 2011

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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