Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah - Pays d’Oc IGP
Growing Region: Languedoc, South of France
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Jean-Claude Mas

It has been a couple of years now since I was in the Languedoc wine region of southern France - but I will rectify that situation this coming July, by visiting the family at the Arrogant Frog winery nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Hérault valley.
As with all of Jean-Claude’s wines - he is proud of the wine’s Mediterranean roots and origins, and with his winemaking he was determined to express and show off this Rosé’s fresh and vibrant summer flavours and personality.

 

This Rosé wine is French in origin, but leaps out of the glass with a vibrant attitude and style - or as they say in France - ‘Art de Vivre’ - (Art of Living).
After the grapes were picked at night to reduce oxidization - they were kept cool at 10°C, and then with a gentle pressing, only the free run juice was used. Fermentation was for approximately 3 weeks and at an average temperature of 17°C with selected yeast to best express the fresh aromatics and fruit characters. The wine was aged on its lees with regular ‘batonnage’ (lee stirring) for about 5-6 weeks in newly coated cement vats. During this process Jean-Claude looked to maintain a maximum of fruit expression and concentration with regular pumping over.
In the glass the wine has an intense candy-floss pink colour. On the nose you will find ripe, sweet red cherries and wild floral aromas intertwined with those soft red candy fruit notes. The palate is vibrant and well balanced with refreshing natural acidity. This 2013 Rosé wine has confident fresh red fruit characters lifted by moderate alcohol and a lingering lively finish. Gently chill and serve between 9-11°C.

A perfect summer time wine.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until early 2015.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect match with shellfish, fresh summer seafood salads, light pasta dishes and fresh fruit desserts, enjoy.