07 Aug Women’s Day with Rose Quartz Rosé
Rosé is like the under-celebrated middle-child of the wine world- she really does have her work cut out for her when it comes to proving herself. So, fellow wine starter-uppers and equally vino-curious: let’s chat wine basics about rosé. With August already upon us, South African’s are starting to peak their heads out from under the covers and quite literally, defrosting at the first rays of warm sunshine. And with this glorious change in seasons, comes a change of wine. Goodbye to the dark winter reds, and hello rosé. Traditionally, this is a wine that France does right – especially the South of France – with areas such as Provence being kings of the drink. At Fairview, we just released our latest vintage of Fairview Rose Quartz 2017, made using the finest selection of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan and showcasing the subtlest shade of pink. If you’ve never been into rosé before, here are our top three reasons about why we think it’s time to re-think pink:
#1: Rosé is found right in the middle between the ranges of red and white wine, making it the perfect ‘inbetween’ of wine styles. In fact, it’s often said to be a warm weather drink, because it has a generally low acidity (no tarty feeling in your mouth) and low alcohol (no heat left in your throat once you’ve swallowed), making it an easy-drinking beverage.
#2: One of our favourite things about rosé is the delicate Pantone colour palette of pink it offers – after all, rosé is just the French word for pink you know. Just imagine your picnic basket, stuffed to the brim with juicy grapefruit segments, cuts of salmon laced across thin melba toast and ruby pink slices of strawberry – that’ll give you an idea of the colour range this wine is capable of.
#3: If you’re ever tempted to buy a rosé, don’t fear that they will all be like that candied sweet drink your great aunt stores in her cupboard for unexpected house guests like you. Rosé can be found as both Dry Rosé Wine and as Sweet Rosé Wine, but this is mostly reserved for bulk production (that doesn’t mean bad either). Basically, just know that rosé can, like any wine, also be available in varying levels of sweetness, so you’re bound to find something you like. At Fairview, we have our slightly more juicier Goats Do Roam Rosé, brimming with strawberry and sweet melon, and then our more serious, dry Rose Quartz.
So there you have it. To us, rosé is the perfect blend of affordable, delicate and easy on the eyes and mouth. Go on, try some – get some rosé in them cheeks this Spring!