As i lounge on this particular morning, shaking off the detritus of another busy week of wine dinners and tastings showcasing all that is good about Indian Wine, my mind moves to the obvious contemplation of what to put in my glass, as a respect of sorts, to the malaise of a slow winding Sunday afternoon in Mumbai…
My mind turns to something uncomplicated. Something in my glass where there is not a need for me to get on my wine horse and dissect the liquid it into a million pieces, something where there is no need to think but only to drink…. After a pondering stroll into the darkest recesses of my wine mind, I have decided on this seventh day, to
look at the world through a Rosé coloured wine in my glass.
Ahhh Rosé!!…That oft-maligned sometimes misunderstood, poor cousin of the all things white and red. Ahhh Rosé!!…, that quintessential wine style of varying shades of pink, that per the self-professed real men of the world that drink nothing but those wines that are as dark and opaque as spent engine oil, should be left for the girls, along with all the other wines that are sleek, effervescent and certainly sweet…. Ahhh Rosé!!… Let me be the one to make a firm stand in your honour; you are the new black!! Now, there are varying interpretations of what constitutes a good Rosé, but this is exactly the point. Rosé cannot be misconstrued as just a simple after thought of a wine anymore. It can be technical, it can be nuanced and it can be a
glorious thing to put in your glass for the hot Indian summer. And with food, I stand unabashed in my belief that when it comes to anything Indian on your plate, be it Paneer Tikka Masala, Vada Pav, or Awadhi Seekh kebabs, Rosé is both the king and the queen…
So, is it red or is it white?? Neither! It is the sum of its own parts. It can be red and white wine mixed, but in most cases, it is red grapes that have been gently pressed and not
crushed. Simple fermentation. No oak, usually. Fresh and vibrant, uncomplicated, ready to drink, young… The simplest of wine equations…. It so happens, at this moment I am consuming a fabulous interpretation of a Rosé from Fratelli Vineyards master wine maker, Piero Masi. This wine is made in conjunction with noted international wine judge, editor, journalist and all-round good guy Steven Spurrier, and fills the third spot in the line-up that is the M/S Master Selection range of wines.
In this particular case, Masi’s muse Sangiovese, is the grape of choice for this very stylish Rosé. A shade of peach skin pink greats you in the glass with a delightful spring fragrance of forest fruit and subtle sweet spice notes filling the nose. Bright and fresh in the mouth with an impeccable balance of flavour and texture with bright zippy acidity on the finish.. This is a very serious Rose, but I impress on you not to take it too seriously, just get it in your glass and enjoy it for what it is… Delicious and classy.