What Does Rose Wine Taste Like?

Are you looking for something new? You could always break open a bottle of rose and enjoy a truly unique drink, which many wine enthusiasts worldwide really love. We want to help you decide whether this wine is right for you, so here Ideal Wine Company asks: what does rose wine taste like?

Intro to rose

Rose is a light, pink wine that’s made all over the world, from Portugal to California. Rose inherits its distinctive pink blush through the way it’s made. Rose is typically created from a wide variety red wine grapes, ranging from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon and there are three ways of making it…

  • Maceration: This is the most common method of rose wine-making. It involves letting red wine grape skins come into contact (macerate) with clear grape juice for a short time during fermentation. If the skins are left in for longer, it will turn into red wine, instead of rose wine.
  • Saignée: The French word for “bled,” Saignée is more commonly used in California than anywhere else. It involves bleeding some juice off into a new vat, during the first few hours of red wine production, to create a rose. It also intensifies the flavour of the remaining red wine.
  • Blending: In sparkling wine regions such as Champagne, they often turn to the blending method to create rose products. Here, the producer adds around 5% of red wine to a vat of white wine to dye it pink, resulting in a well-balanced, flavour-rich rose vintage.

Flavour profile

The variety of creation methods, means that it’s hard to pin down just what a rose wine will taste like. We must also factor into this that with maceration, the more time that the clear wine juice spends in contact with the red skins, the darker the drink will be. Typical rose shades range from melon at the lighter end of the spectrum to mandarin at the darker side, allowing for flavour variations.

However according to Wine Folly, an online industry resource, there are some flavour characteristics that all rose wines generally share. These wines typically include hints of red fruit e.g. strawberries, citrus, melon and flowers such as rose petals, along with crunchy green finishes – think rhubarb or celery. In body, rose wines often tend to be slightly heavier than whites, but lighter than reds.

Serving ideas

The light, fruity character of rose wine gives the drink a summery feel. This is generally the best time to drink it, as there’s nothing better than sipping from a crisp, fruity rose while relaxing in the blazing heat. Plus like with white wine, putting ice in rose wine is a good idea, as colder temperatures bring the best out of it. This is becoming so popular that people even started making ‘frose’ cocktails last summer, mixing rose white, ice, pureed strawberries and vermouth to whip up a delicious chilled treat.

Buy rose wine

So if you like fruity, light, refreshing drinks, which work best when served cold and come in a variety of flavours, rose wine is for you. If you’re looking to buy a bottle, consider stopping by the Ideal Wine Company’s online store. Visit the Burke’s Peerage page of the website, which you’ll find on the left-hand side of the homepage, where you can purchase the Chateau La Maubastit Rose for just £14.99 per bottle. Produced in Bordeaux, this rich, flavourful rose wine is sure to set your taste buds alight!