Grape Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Growing Region: Rioja, Spain
Chief Winemaker: Fernando Gómez

Marqués de Cáceres is internationally recognised as the leading producer of quality Rioja wines and is one of the best ambassadors for Spanish wines worldwide. I had the pleasure to visit their brilliant winery and vineyards in the Rioja Alta, one of the most prestigious areas of Spain's most acclaimed wine regions. The whole team are focused on crafting high quality approachable Rioja wines, with this Rosé being no exception.

 

The summer in 2012 was quite favourable in their vineyards with many sunny days, and ideal temperatures for grape development and ripening. The grapes were macerated for several hours after which the ‘must’ was separated from the skins, to begin the slow process of fermentation at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then stabilized by refrigeration management, with this Rosé wine not seeing any time in oak.
This rosé was made exclusively from Tempranillo grapes using the free-run sangrado (saignée) method (i.e. less contact with the skins), and is one of the traditional wines at Marqués de Cáceres with an extensive range of wine-pairings.
In the glass this rosé has a coral pink colour. On the nose you will find pleasant aromas of strawberries & raspberries that mingle with subtle floral notes. On the palate the wine is deliciously full, delivering fleshy, juicy and vibrant red fruit characters that are ever so refreshing. The Marqués de Cáceres rosé has become a reference point amongst other winemakers in the region, always expressing elegance. The bright fruit and natural acidity has created a wine with highlighted long-lasting flavours and good length to the finish. Lively and fresh, this is a versatile rosé wine - chill and serve at 8-10ºC.

A vibrant and elegant rosé wine.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until the end of 2014.

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with seafood paella, prawns, sushi, salmon and slightly seasoned summer salads, enjoy.