There's no better match for Valentine's Day than a rosé, writes Jeni Port.
ROSES and rosé get a work out today. There's a good chance you can even match the colour of the flowers with your wine: cerise, cranberry, fuchsia, candy floss, magenta, ruby, damask rose, wild strawberry, pale pink, tea rose, salmon, vermillion. The clear bottle helps but that's where any winemaking assistance to the drinker on this St Valentine's Day begins and ends.
There are a million styles of rose´ from Sahara dry to super sweet and everything between, from lightly frizzante to sparkling, wooded to unwooded, fine in body to full, fruity to funky. But help is at hand to make the road to rose´ and love that little less bumpy.
Pink and dry
Wide ranging in grapes used, don't be perturbed, the result is always the same: dry. The most popular Australian grape for the task is shiraz. Can be fruit-filled but can also be quite savoury (often the result of lees stirring). That copper colour you sometimes see comes from barrel fermentation, an added bonus, providing additional complexity.
Cabernet sauvignon gives structure, firm tannins, restrained fruit flavour. Pinot noir can bring wonderful elegance and dry tannins. Slowly, we are seeing rose´s made from sangiovese, tempranillo and others.
■Domaine de la Croix 2010 Cotes de Provence Rose´ (France, $25)
From Saint-Tropez, a sunny, super-dry rose´ with the scent of Provencal herbs and earth. Lip smackingly tasty … with chilli prawns.
It will soon be Brisbane's turn to taste Champagne Jeeper for the first time. We are pleased to announce an exclusive Champagne Dinner at Montrachet restaurant in Brisbane, November 9th.
60 years ago, American GIs gave an injured French patriot a Jeep to enable him to tend his Champagne vineyards. The neighbours dubbed it Jeeper Champagne.
Nowadays the house of Jeeper has gained an international reputation for producing fine Champagnes. With its stand-out bottle-shape (designed to reduce oxidation) and its distinct taste, it stands out from the field.
This is what wine critic James Suckling thinks of the Champagne Jeeper Grande Réserve which is one of the cuvées that will be served at this event.
"This is very dry and bright with sliced lemon, white pepper and bread dough. Full body, creamy texture and a long finish. Delicious brut. Pure chardonnay, blanc de blancs. Get it. Drink now. 94 points"
What is the "Jeeper Taste"? It is the production of finely balanced…
In the world of wine, the French will
invariably tell you that they did it first. But when it comes to Malbec wine,
there’s no argument - they did! So when World Malbec Day rolls around
on 17 April, give credit where credit is due. Rather than breaking out the
empanadas and gaucho boots - and going all Argentinean, lift a glass to those
who did Malbec first, the French - and who are in a class of their own. Malbec’s traditional heartland is in the south
west of France in Cahors where it is known as the Black Wine of Cahors. The city of Cahors (above) sits on a bend of the Lot river which snakes through this stunning region. Although historically one of the six grapes
allowed for blending red Bordeaux, further south west in Cahors, Malbec reigns
supreme. It is the dominant red varietal where the region’sappellation controlee
calls for a minimum of 70% Malbec in its reds. Says The Guardian (UK):
"Cahors is that rarest of all wines: both a rising star and a timeless