Recently I had a bit of Twitter chat about Rosé wines with the very talented Gaby Guedez One particular reference she made grabbed my imagination and I thought it a wonderful way to describe a pale Rosé. It was a fitting prompt for me to delve into my own narrative about a Rosé I enjoyed recently.
‘like a white wine that just thought of love and blushed slightly’
I first tasted Domaine Horgelus as a Sauvignon Blanc in a little wine bar called Bach 16 along Bachelors Walk. I instantly fell in love with its refreshing citrus taste and oh how easy it traveled from glass to mouth. Little did I know they also have a Rosé in the range. Now while Rosé may not be to everyone’s taste and many a wine snob has turned their nose up at it I’m quite fond of it.
Long hailed as the poor relation of whites or the illegitimate child of reds the Rosé spends much of its time snubbed by the public at large. It sits on the shelf patiently waiting for the sun to shine in the hope some keen eye will recognise its overshadowed beauty. There is however so much more to wine than white or red. Let me introduce you to a new friend of mine, the Domaine Horgelus Rosé.
The grape, look, the aroma
It’s a blend of Merlot,Tannat and Cabarnet from the south west of France. At first glance in the bottle you might think its a dark salmon colour. Pouring reveals an appearance more in line with a light punch or pink lemonade. A fresh burst of strawberries, blackcurrants and red fruits will seduce your senses and leave you eager to taste it.
There is no surprise that the aromas of this Rosé match the taste of it perfectly. Red fruits and berries and a very slight touch of herbs. For me it had quite a few Goldilocks traits to it. Not too dry and not too sweet. Not too acidic and a body that’s neither too light or too full. If you are new to Rosé, are thinking about trying it or simply not too sure if you want to trade your reliable white or red for something new, this Rosé might just be the perfect introduction to the colour in between.
What to pair it with
Rosè is the perfect match for a sunny day and that naturally lets it pair with the likes of grilled chicken or salads. However there are many more dishes that Rosé will go great with such as pizzas and quiche. I tried it with a really simple to prepare melon and prosciutto dish. You can pick a bottle up in the Wines Direct shop in Arnotts for about €11/12.