Rose wine guide Rose wines from Spain
The rose wines of Spain are probably the least well known, and deserve
a much wider audience. Unlike many of their more pallid cousins, produced in
regions such as the Loire Valley in France, these elegant examples of pink
tend to have a good colour and an appealing depth of flavour, thanks to the
charm and panache of the classic Tempranillo grape, which is at the heart of
red Rioja and also mainly used to produce its pink version.
All the major houses of Rioja produce their own rose, and the same care
is used in its production as in making the finest red wines. Pink wines are
the result of just a short contact with the skins of the grape, giving a delicacy
of colour and of taste but still offering their own version of that distinctive
flavour we know and love in Rioja.
Some rose wines are even oak-aged in American barrels to give additional depth and keeping
quality. Others are simple, fresh and fruity, to charm the modern palate, accustomed
to what wine merchants call ‘fruit-driven’ wines from the New World.
You will be Impressed by the amount of flavour and dry finish on rose wines,
making them superb with all styles of Spanish tapas.