I shall be posting this summer’s rosé round-up soon, but another pink as Wine of the Week is well overdue, so here it is: a delightful, copper-tinged salmon pink organic wine from southeast Sicily – and a timely reminder that rosés don’t have to be off-the-scale-pale to be sophisticated. Some of the most interesting and authentic are anything but.
Sporting a pretty name and label as well as a pretty colour, Rosa di Santa Tresa is made from half and half Nero d’Avola and Frappato, two indigenous Sicilian grape varieties that Stefano Girelli found on the estate when he bought it in 2001.
I won’t go into the detail, but the precision of the vinification brings out captivating red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, snappy acidity, a pinch of spice and enough weight and roundness to make it a good rosé with food – perfect as a picnic all-rounder or with salmon, shellfish, summer vegetables, charcuterie or chicken – and equally appealing as an aperitif. 13%
Rosa di Santa Tresa 2019, Terre Siciliane, Sicily, Italy
£9.74 in any 6-bottle mix, £12.99 single bottle, Majestic