Oh, rosé – you’re made for summer arvos spent on warm rooftops, and will forever be the ultimate fuel for fun times with our best. Antipasto boards, exciting nights out or low-key nights in – there’s no occasion that a glass brimming with this blush beverage goes astray.
But, for all those hours we’ve spent cradling our favourite rosé, how much do we really know about this summer romance? Let’s do a background check. Here’s 5 interesting things you might not know about the pink party-starter…
1. Rosé comes fizzy, too
Not a Champagne fan? Put the yellow fizz aside. If the idea of rosé excites you, opt for a sparkling brut rosé instead! Perfect for washing down fruit and chocolate fondue, and doubles as an aesthetically-pleasing splash of pink at a dinner party with the element of a bottle that goes *pop*.
2. There’s no such thing as a rosé grape, folks
There must be a pale pink, rosé grape, right? Uh, not exactly. The ‘Rosé grape’ is a total myth. Just like your go-to red or white, rosé is distilled from either a pale or dark grape. In fact, rosé is produced from red grapes that undergo a process called ‘maceration’. This is when the grapes are crushed, and the juices are left to ferment with the skins of the grapes.
3. You’re thinking pink. But, just how pink?
So, if there’s no pink grape, how does rosé get its signature hue? Well, the red grapes used to produce red wine and rosé have white insides and produce clear juice, so you can tailor what colour wine you distil from them. It’s the length of time that the juice is left to hang out with the dark skins that actually determines whether it’ll be white, pink, or red.
4. Rosé is a fool-proof cocktail weapon
The leading flavours of rosé are red fruit, florals, citrus, and melon, with an almost ‘green’ finish, similar to celery on the tongue. The best rosé cocktails are the ones that lightly enhance the wine’s already delicious flavour, and stick to the basics. Think fresh lemon and grapefruit segments, a splash of gin and drizzle of honey. Put it on the rocks, baby, and you’re good to go.
5. Rosé isn’t for hoarding
Paint the town pink, très vite! Although your wine cellar may be replete with lots of dust-covered reds and whites, old rosé is not considered a vintage treasure. Rosé should actually be consumed within two to three years of purchase at the longest. So, get sipping!
The more you know, hey? We hope you’ve garnered a greater appreciation (if that was even possible) for the rosy-hued tipple, and feel inspired to pour yourself a glass in approximately 3, 2, 1. We know we certainly are!
Sunday Wine Co x