A good year for the rosé

What is it with rosé and summer that goes so well? We don’t know but perhaps it’s the South of France or Provencal allure that it conveys? Sooooo romantic dwarling!

In the summer, and especially on this cloudy collection of islands on the edge of Europe, sun and blue skies are a rarity. When it happens though there’re few places we’d rather be. How many of us say that we’d staycation if only we could guarantee the weather? So, when the sun has got his hat on it’s time to celebrate, out comes the champers, Pimms and naturally, glamorous rosé wines.

Here are four very special examples that you can try at OAK N4 and all are available by the glass.

From the sandy and sheltered Setubal Peninsular in Portugal, just to the south of Lisbon comes Moscatel Roxo Rosé. A gently blushing pink with subtle floral notes that make it great to drink on its own. Developed by Domingos Soares Franco, one of the most innovative new-generation winemakers in the country.

An OAK N4 favourite, Petali Rosé from the Tuscan hills has intense pink coloration with strawberry and raspberry notes. Try it with a salad next to the pool, in the dappled shade of your villa’s pergola. Biodynamic.

La Mascaronne Rosé ‘Quat Saisons’ is a blend of Cinsault and Grenache from Provence in the sunny South of France. Owner Tom Bove grew up in Indiana and moved to France to buy his own domaine. This multi award-winning wine is served in many of Paris’ top restaurants. Beautifully pale in colour yet with an intense nose of peach and lemon this wine has depth and a remarkably long finish. Organic.

Simonsig Brut Rosé, Stellenbosch, South Africa, a delicious, sparkling rose with a delicacy that is so far from its New World origins, producing a gorgeous soft spritz of bubbles and bright, pearly notes of red fruits and summer berries. This is a blend of Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Brilliant with a shellfish lunch, I’m thinking oysters or a crab salad.

Don’t they sound lovely? Come on down and find out. It doesn’t have to be summer to try these wines but it’s the season where they seem to fit so well. And so far, haven’t we had a great summer? As Elvis Costello used to say, ‘It’s been a good year for the rosé…’

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