Raventós i Blanc De Nit Rosé 2017

De Nit is a rosé made by a small addition of red Monastrell. I love the succulence of the style – there is freshness and refinement to its peach, citrus and herb flavours, presented with lightness of touch and no trace of extraction or oxidation. An easy wine to enjoy, but not a facile one. 16.5

/ 2017, Raventós i Blanc, Rosé, Spain

Colet Vatua Rosé

The same as the Vatua but with a dosage of Garnacha from Priorat. This adds a sort of cherry bomb to the picture, with quite fun floral and herbal touches that go a little savoury alongside orange and strawberry fruit. A touch of cream on the finish. It works, but I prefer the straight Vatua. 15

/ Colet, Rosé, Spain

The Grange Pink 2015

The Pink 2015 has an extra layer of fragrance, though, with very attractive poached summer pudding fruit. I look forward to getting to know this producer better over the coming years and vintages.

16

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Rosé, The Grange

Hambledon Première Cuvée Rosé NV, 2015 Base

This was my second taste of wonderfully-bonkers Première Cuvée Rosé, a zero dosage wine from 100% Pinot Meunier in the 2015 vintage. Deep, dark and curious, this is developing post-disgorgement like a fairly openly-stanced light red with its dried leaves and plums. A proper conversation piece to drink sooner rather than later.

15.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015 Base, England, Hambledon, NV, Rosé

Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé NV

The contrast of the Première Cuvée Rosé with the LED-bright Classic Cuvée Rosé NV is quite something, its 90% Chardonnay motoring off with massive acidic brightness in a mineral, racy wine that is almost a polaroid negative of the other, Pinot-led Rosés in the room. A real pick-me-up.

16

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ England, Hambledon, NV, Rosé

Hattingley Valley Rosé 2015

The Rosé 2015 is offering so much refinement and charm in this new vintage. A classy assembly of fragrant strawberries and redcurrants where the palate just has an extra degree of silky finesse, it has the completeness of flavour to take a slightly higher dosage of 9 g/l effortlessly. Top drawer.

17

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Hattingley Valley, Rosé

Raimes Rosé 2015

The Rosé 2015 reaches new heights for this young producer. Kudos to everyone involved for giving it time when the temptation is always to release Rosé younger than other cuvées. There is just a touch more autolytic substance here behind the pretty summer pudding fruit, touched with gingerbread spice. Lovely clarity and texture. A resounding success.

17

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Raimes, Rosé

Jansz Premium Cuvée Rosé NV

The Premium Rosé is a charmer, with fragrant raspberry shortbread, pear and frangipane wrapped up in a sweet floral freshness. It closes in with lovely clarity and dryness. Dosage is felt in the mid palate, but it stops short of cloying.

16

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Jansz, NV, Rosé, Tasmania

Croser Croser Rosé NV

Better is the Croser Rosé NV, showing a bit more definition with its very pretty raspberries and redcurrants. Some ground almond richness and peppery spice too. This is well worth a look at £19.99, although it is a bit short of Jansz’s refinement at the same price.

16.5

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Australia, Croser, NV, Rosé

Arras Rosé 2007

The Vintage Rosé 2007 is, as you would expect, a powerfully-styled interpretation with some meaty red fruits, salted butter and plenty of peppery spice. It feels a little angular compared to the other wines for now, with its grippy, linear palate and dryness.

17

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ 2007, Arras, Rosé, Tasmania