On the shelves of the supers there are mainly rosés from 2019. Many shops are waiting with the last year 2020, hoping to sell out the old stock first. Actually stupid, because that process will repeat itself next year and then we will again be without fresh, fresh fruit rosé, which is actually the harbinger of spring.
Most rosés, with the exception of the more expensive versions from Bandol or Tavel, do not benefit from an extra year on the shelves. They lose their typical fruit flavors of strawberry, raspberry or rose and then appear tired.
Fortunately, there are also wine shops that follow the right philosophy by offering the last harvest year. From the unconventional Limburg importer Alex Storms we received an equally unconventional rosé from 2020. It is not rosé, because it is not made from red grapes.
Storms himself calls his Think Pink ‘a good year’ a blush rosé, but it is more like orange wine. In this case, wine from the amber-colored Gewürztraminer, the skins of which have been fermented. This grape seems to thrive in the Thracian valley on the border of present-day Bulgaria and Macedonia.
In Thrace, we think first of Spartacus and his gladiators armed with trident spears. The fact that ‘rosé’ is also made there nowadays does not come to our mind.
And then that ‘rosé’ is also of super quality. Actually at least as good as the much more expensive counterpart from Provence. Thanks to the light salmon color and aromas of strawberry, currant, white peach and rose hip, Think Pink is a welcome alternative to open the rosé season … even if it is not a real rosé.
Think Pink ‘a good year’ 2020
storms.nl, € 8.95
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