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Four Rioja rosés for summer

Media release: July 2018

 

Your summer sipping sorted: four rosés from Rioja


With the arrival of warmer weather taking us all by surprise, there’s only one way to make sure we’re embracing it in true Rioja style: with a glass of chilled, fruity rosé (or rosado, if we’re fully adopting the Spanish mentality) from Spain’s flagship wine region.

Alongside the famed fruit-driven reds which have spent time in oak and fresh, crisp styles of white, the Rioja region also produces knock-out rosé wines year on year.

With UK volume sales of Rioja rosé surging by over 40%* over the last year, us Brits just can’t get enough of this underrated gem.

So, this summer, it’s prime time to be thinking pink from Rioja; whether it’s a paler, more floral style enjoyed with a fresh summer salad or something richer and fruitier, savoured with a BBQ.

 

Bodegas Ramon Bilbao LaLomba Rosado 2017

Great Western Wine, RRP £19.95

Pale pink in colour, with juicy blush pear fruit, electric-bright acidity and a genuine impression of ‘minerality’.

This wine is produced from hand-picked grapes from a single vineyard, that the winemaker has used since 2000. It wasn’t until 2015 that a rosé was introduced.

 

Bodegas Pedro Martínez Alesanco Rosado 2016

Rodney Fletcher Vintners, £8.40

A pale, coral pink colour with delicate floral notes, black pepper and earth character. A dry, soft and refreshing wine.

This winery has been in the family for centuries, with some preserved vineyards dating back to before phylloxera swept vineyards in 1893.

 

Muga Rosado 2017

Waitrose, RRP £7.99

A blend of Garnacha, Viura and Tempranillo, this wine has aromas of white-fleshed stone fruit and fresh strawberries and raspberries. A deep salmon colour, with lots of warm, spicy fruit and crisp acidity.

This wine is produced from vineyards at the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the Rioja Alta region, which are planted on clay and limestone soils.

 

Conde de Valdemar Rosado 2017

Booths, Haywood Wine, RRP £10.99

Delicate colour with floral aromas, this wine is full of character with hint of currant and pomegranate. Light and bright, this is the perfect match for summer salads.

This rosé is produced by the saignée method, whereby a portion of the red grape juice is ‘bled’ off and the resulting juice is fermented which creates a richer and vibrant style of rosé.

 

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* Nielsen MAT to 16.06.18

For more information, images or samples please contact the UK Wines from Rioja press office team on rioja@thisisphipps.com or call 0207 759 7400

 

Notes to Editors

  • Wines from Rioja is the UK marketing arm of The Rioja Regulatory Council or Consejo Regulador de Rioja DOCa, the body responsible for the application and monitoring of legislation relating to the quality and standards of wines produced in the region, promotion of the image of Rioja wines and defence of interests of the sector
  • Wines from Rioja UK information:
  • Rioja rosé is up 43.5% in value sales and 41% in volume sales in the UK (Nielsen MAT to 16.06.18)
  •  Spanish Rosé as a whole is up 3.5% in value and 2.5% in volume (Nielsen MAT to 16.06.18)