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Sula’s Guide to Rosé Wines

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There are few things that can put you in a summer state of mind than a glass of chilled rosé can! However, contrary to popular belief, this pink-hued wine isn’t just a summer staple! With Sula’s exciting range of rosé wines, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect pick for every occasion, no matter what the season!
But before we talk about Sula’s exciting collection of rosé wines, let’s first understand the history of this unique alcoholic beverage that has won millions of hearts worldwide!


What is Rosé Wine?

If red wine is made with dark-skinned grapes and white wine is usually derived from light-skinned grapes, does that mean rosé wine comes from a special grape varietal? Not at all!
Rosé is a type of wine and doesn't come from one type of grape. It is made in a manner that's similar to most red wines, but the fermentation period is shorter. In most cases, the time the mush spend in contact with the grape skin is shorter. Since the grape skins are responsible for adding colour to the wine, the reduced contact in the case of rosé wine brings to life its signature pink hue.
Until a few decades ago, fine rosé was usually made in the Provence region of France using grape varietals like Syrah and Grenache. Back then, rosé was viewed as 'inferior' to red wine. In fact, when grape varietals didn't grow well enough to be made into red wine, winemakers would use them to make rosé.
However, rosé is a very versatile wine and can be made from virtually any grape varietal. In recent times, winemakers in the United States, Spain, Italy, and India have begun experimenting with various styles of rosé because of the increase in demand for this lovely wine!


How Rosé Is Made

Although we spoke about how rosé wine is made, let’s take a closer look at the most popular methods for making this wine.


Maceration or ‘Skin Contact’

Considered to be the most popular method of producing rose, this traditionally French winemaking process is still one of the most widely spread ways of making rose. In this method, grapes are grown and harvested a little earlier in the harvest cycle with the singular aim of turning them into rosé.
These grapes are pressed first, and then the macerated mixture is kept in contact with juice that contains the grape skins for anywhere between two to twenty-four hours.
Since the grape skins are in contact with the juice, this method is called the 'skin contact' method.


Saignée or ‘Bleeding’

In the bleeding method of making rose, where a small amount of grape juice used to make red wine is 'bled off' during the early stages of fermentation. This separated juice is then used to make rosé. The bleeding method was originally popularized by Italian winemakers, who found that this process led to an end product with a more vibrant pink hue.
However, this traditional Italian method is now being taken over by the “French” method of making rose.


Blending

With the blending method of making rose, a small amount of red wine is added to a tank containing white wine. This may often seem like the simplest way of getting beautiful rosé wines, but this seemingly simple method is not nearly as popular today as it once was.


The Rosé Wines of Sula

Now that we’ve had a look at the history, winemaking methods, and health benefits of rosé, let’s take a look at Sula’s exciting repertoire of rosé wines.


THE SOURCE GRENACHE ROSÉ

rose wine sula Made using 100% hand-harvested Grenache grapes, this exciting rosé is pressed only for an hour or two that gives it a light, peachy, rosy hue that’s usually associated with Grenache rosés. Once the pressing cycle ends, the juice is drained and chilled before being transferred to a fermentation tank, where it matures for three weeks. This intensive process ensures that no residual sugar is left in the wine, making for an end product that's low on sweetness.
The Source Grenache Rosé won the award for ‘Best in Show’ at the India Wine Awards 2019. It has bright acidity, mild citrus notes with aromas of tropical fruit and white peach, and a smooth, elegant finish. Owing to its low alcohol content, it also makes for great sipping wine.
For best results, pair this sensational wine with the delicate flavours of grilled fish or shellfish. It also combines beautifully with barbequed meats, delicious salads, Mediterranean preparations like falafel, and dishes with complex savoury-sweet flavours like samosa chaat.


SULA ZINFANDEL ROSE

sula rose wine Sula Zinfandel Rosé is made from 100% hand-picked Zinfandel grapes, and it also holds the distinction of being India's first-ever Zinfandel Rosé. Best described as fresh, fruity and ripe, this wine has intense notes of citrus, cranberry, and ripe stone fruits, with aromas of strawberries and cranberries.
Although this wine is medium-sweet, it has intense fruitiness, making it an apt choice to be sipped on throughout the Indian summers. However, Sula's Zinfandel Rosé is very versatile and can be enjoyed almost anytime through the year.
This rosé wine tastes divine with lightly prepared poultry dishes, spicy meat preparations, Indian-style fritters, and even Indo-Chinese appetizers like Paneer Chili. When it comes to cheese pairing, fresh mozzarella and other delicate variants go well with this wine. However, it’s best not to pair this rosé with strong aged cheese like gouda, gorgonzola or sharp cheddar as they may overpower the wines subtle notes.


Storing And Serving Rosé Wine

When it comes to bringing out the best in rosé wines, the temperature is an important factor to consider. However, with that being said, it’s best to serve these wines slightly chilled. If you skip this step and serve it warm, it may end up tasting very alcoholic, whereas over-chilled rose can taste ‘thin’ and flavourless.
In the case of unopened rosé wines, it’s best to store these bottles on their sides in a wine rack. However, unless your bottle has a cork stopper, this step isn’t that important. For best results, store your bottles of rosé in a cool, dry place with minimal direct light to preserve their taste and aromas. Wine refrigerators are a great option for maintaining the right temperature.
Once your bottle of rosé has been opened, store it in the refrigerator and try to finish it within three to four days. By keeping your bottle vertically stored in the fridge, you slow down the wine’s natural oxidation process, prolonging its shelf life.


Final Thoughts

We hope that this in-depth guide to rosé wines has given you an in-depth understanding of your favourite type of wine. At Sula, we work hard to employ environment-friendly and sustainable practices in everything we do, which is why it brings us great joy to see you enjoy the fruits of our labour!
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