Rosé wine was out of fashion for a while, considered dusty. Now, however, it is back again, buoyant in its old freshness. But how is this fruity pink charmer produced and how does it get its bright color?
A rosé is a pink or light red wine made from blue grape varieties, but in the white wine manner: the grapes are pressed uncrushed and left on the mash for only a short time until the desired shade is achieved. After that, the grapes are quickly pressed. The must is fermented without the skins. If the berries are left on the mash for longer, the rosé takes on a darker pink to red colour. In the saignée method, about 10 percent of the must is simply extracted from the fermentation tank for red wine without pressing and vinified separately. This has a side effect on the remaining red wine: It gets a higher concentration of color and tannins.
Schiller is a kind of exotic: As one of the few wines, it is a blend of red and white grapes with the particularity that they not only have to be harvested and pressed at the same time, but also have been grown in the same vineyard. In most cases, this is a combination of Pinot Noir and Riesling-Sylvaner. A rosé wine made from pure Pinot Noir is often also called Blanc de Noir - its colour already goes into a delicate red - or in Valais Œil-de-Perdrix one of the most famous rosé wines in Switzerland.
Rosé wines are not so well suited for long storage, they should be drunk young and fresh within one to three years. The light, rather sweet version fits very well as an aperitif wine, regardless of the grape variety. A strong rosé from Apulia or Tuscany also takes well to olives, cheese and dried tomatoes. Very high quality rosés such as Conte Lemár or Rosato Vetere are less fruity and light. Rather, they are above all full-bodied, and their complexity and richness also make them a wonderful match for seafood. Two sensational ambassadors of the Italian Rosé
Rosé wine can usually be made from any blue grapes - i.e. red wine grapes. Whether Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gamay or Grenache. The south of France in particular has a great rosé culture with excellent wines and among some of the best rosé. In this region, Angelina Joelie and Brad Pitt have also fulfilled their dream. The Miraval Rosé wine is now one of the most famous rosés in the world. However, some of the best rosé wines also come from Lake Garda. There, they are called Chiaretto and are made from the must of several different red wine grapes.
If the wine with the pink color is usually rather a cheap summer wine, it looks different with the sparkling wines. Rosé sparkling wines and above all rosé champagnes are considered to be particularly noble and often exceed their white counterparts in price by more than double or triple.