Wagner-Stempel Rosé 2013, Rheinhessen, Germany
This is a delicious rosé; wonderful subtle red cherry fruits and a lip-smacking dry finish. A mere 12% alcohol and dangerously moreish.
Daniel Wagner-Stempel, who visited Ireland recently, is one of the most highly regarded young wine producers in Germany today. Based in the less-fashionable Rheinhessen region, he fashions a series of exotic, fruit-filled white and red wines.
Stockists: Wicklow Wine Co.; The Corkscrew, Chatham St.; Searsons, Monkstown.
Sipp Mack Rosé d’Alsace 2013 13%
In a similar vein to the Wagner-Stempel above, this is a delightful, elegant, fragrant, raspberry-scented rosé with good acidity and a long dry. By the way, Mitchells also have a delicious, more full-bodied Côtes du Rhône rosé from Domaine Brusset for €15.49.
Alsace tries very hard to make red wine from Pinot Noir. In many cases the wines are little too light and acidic. However, Pinot noir can make excellent rosé and perhaps this is what Alsace should make with this variety.
Stockists: Mitchell & Son, CHQ, IFSC & Glasthule, www.mitchellandson.com.
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