Summer is fast approaching and during the warmer days most of us will steer away from the hearty reds that go so perfectly well with the winter chill and look for something more refreshing. Rosé is said to be one of the wine styles that will be 'in vogue' this summer and if this prediction comes true then in my opinion the Charles Melton, 2010, Rosé will rise to the top.
All great fashion includes great use of colour and the Rosé of Virginia honestly has one of the best colour's in the business. Quiet dark for a Rosé it has a stunning, ruby raspberry, colour that shows flashes of purple when you swirl the wine in your glass. The aroma doesn't show off quite as much as the colour does and at chilled temperatures most wines true aroma's won't shine through anyway. To drink the wine is rather full-bodied and while hints of strawberries and candied cherries may suggest this wine is sweet, nothing could be further from the truth. Savoury notes more commonly found in traditional red wines, like the capsicum flavours from the Cabernet, balance the total experience out perfectly. The predominant grape variety is Grenache at 46%, but to keep things interesting there is also Cabernet, Shiraz, Pinot Meunier and Mataro.
This is certainly a red wine drinkers Rosé to a large extent but a wine I know will get attention from all sorts of wine drinkers willing to experiment outside Sauvignon Blanc this summer.
Charles Melton - 2010 Rosé of Virginia
Price: $20 from www.charlesmeltonwines.com.au and selected retailers
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Recommended? Most definitely and it has taken over as my current favourite Rosé wine.