"At Native Vine, we are loving the wave of next generation pink wines that are coming from our producers. We are saying pink not rosé because we want to emphasise these wines are different in many ways to what has been before."
What's Different About These Wines?
1. Shade of pink does not equate to sweetness
For too long rosé has been thought of as pale and dry (such as Provence Rosé) or dark and sweet (such as Zinfandel Blush). The colour in fact has no bearing on the sweetness or lushness of the flavour. This is just a perception that has been created by certain popular styles such as those mentioned.
2. Made with a focus on quality
These wines are made by small producers with a focus on creating interesting and unique wines. These revolutionary winemakers are not thinking about whether they are making a red wine or a rose. They are simply making choices based on what tastes the best. Essentially, the colour of the resulting wine is based on how long the grapes are soaked on their skins. This will affect the flavours, tannins and weight of the wine. The amount of skin contact time necessary to make the tastiest wine will vary based on the type of grapes, climate etc… As much emphasis goes into the quality of these wines as the red and whites.
3. Unapologetically different
These wines do not fit into any neat boxes. They are not following fashions or market trends. They cannot be described as a particular style. They are what they are, and they’ve been made that way because they taste delicious.
Light tannin and concentrated fruity flavours often make these wines great and versatile food wines. Some can be treated like super-light reds and drunk at an ambient temperature on a warm summer’s evening or alternatively you might put one on ice on a scorching hot day next to the barbie.
Where Are These Wines Made?
In Catalonia there is an increasingly popular style of wine called glu glu. Which literally means glug glug. These wines are somewhere between red wine and rosé. They could be described as an ultra-light red or a very dark rosé. They are designed to be drunk with a bit of a chill on in a fun setting. Whilst the idea of drinking these might be one of frivolity, the work that goes into the farming of the grapes to make these wines, is not to be sniffed at.
We have seen some great examples from Italy in Piemonte, Abruzzo and Veneto. Monte dall’Ora in Veneto make a straight Valpolicella with a pink counterpart. The pink version is the same grapes and production methods apart from a little less skin contact making it lighter in colour. Due to this change it is no longer allowed be called a Valpolicella, so they have named it Disobbediente!
3. All over the world!
These wines are found pretty much anywhere wine is made, particularly where people are making natural wine. Natural wine tends not to worry too much about sticking to the rules and is, therefore, made in a much freer way. There are certainly lots of examples in France and we have tasted interesting pink wines from Austria, Portugal, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Australia.