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Simply defined; a rosé wine is a type of wine that uses some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The pink color can range from a pale "onion-skin" orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used.

Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from highly dry Provençal rosé to the amatuer efforts of sweet White Zinfandels (not really wines now are they ??) and blushes. Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the globe.

When rosé wine is the primary product, it is produced with the skin contact method. Black-skinned grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically one to three days. The must (read; all the mess that was in th vat; seeds, stems, skins, juice an everything else) is then pressed. The skins are removed rather than left in contact throughout fermentation (as with red wine making). The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the color of the final wine. Think of leaving a tea bag to steep for too long !!!

When a winemaker desires to impart more tannin and color to a red wine, some of the pink juice from the must can be removed at an early stage in what is known as the Saignée (from French bleeding) method. The red wine remaining in the vats is intensified as a result of the bleeding, because the volume of juice in the must is reduced, and the must involved in the maceration becomes more concentrated.


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  1. Paxton Organic Rose 2020

    Paxton Organic Rose 2020

    Paxton 2020 Rosé combines Shiraz & Grenache, grown using the Paxton ‘smart farming’ program that focuses on soil health and biodiversity. The bright fruit characters are those of a healthy vineyard. Winemaker, Richard Freebairn, crafted this wine to be crisp, flavoursome and refreshing. A delicious rosé with pretty rose petal notes and refreshing raspberry aromas.

    Serve straight from the fridge for the perfect summer drinking wine.

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  2. Soumah Brachetto 'Tranquillo' 2017 (500ml)

    Brachetto is an ancient Italian wine grape variety dating back to Roman times in only a few vineyards in Australia.  Soumah follows the traditional Italian fashion & allows us to showcase the strawberry & rose water flavours at their best.

    The sweetness of the wine comes from picking the fruit later with higher levels of natural sugar. Stopping the fermentation results a delightfully still slightly sweet, fruity still dessert wine that tastes of roses & strawberries. Perfect to accompany berries, fruit pies & soft cheeses.

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  3. Spring Seed Wine Company 'Morning Bride' Rose 2020 (Organic)


    The Morning Bride is made to be a rosé – it’s not a  by-product of a red wine which needed concentrating (this is a ‘saignée – or a bleed off version of the wine). We pick the Shiraz from our Chanticleer vineyard early, way before we pick it to make our Bosworth Shiraz . The flavours of the grapes are completely different at a lower Beaumé. The grapes spend practically no time at all on the skins, because we are keen for the wine to be very pale pink, à la the French Rosés from the Provence, albeit made from Shiraz and not Mourvedre (Mataro). Once through a cool fermentation the wine was stabilised, filtered and then went straight to bottle.

    Tasting Note

    The flavours of this wine are on the green end of the flavour spectrum (watermelon and raspberries and strawberries not the red and black fruits that you will find in our Shiraz. The Morning Bride has terrific crunchy acidity, is clean and dry but textural too. It’s delicious.

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