Beyond pretty-in-pink: Rosé with dignity and depth
Cool climate, meagre soils and a tradition for dry, crisp wine styles: Wachau offers an ideal terroir for modern Rosé styles far from the pretty-in-pink kitsch.
Although red grape varieties comprise only 5% of the vineyard area, Domäne Wachau produces three interesting Rosés worthy of discovery.
The Rosé Federspiel Terrassen 2014 is made from Zweigelt grapes grown on the loess terraces of Weissenkirchen, Wösendorf and Joching. Fresh, fruity aromas of red currant, gooseberry, and citrus make it a light, vibrant dry Rosé. The Zweigelt Rosé Federspiel Himmelstiege 2014 stems from vineyard terraces in Dürnstein and Loiben. Subtle spicy notes reminiscent of anise and wild mountain herbs add complexity to fruity aromas of raspberry and grapefruit. Both Federspiel Rosés are versatile culinary talents to pair with salads, starters and barbecued fish or chicken.
What first began as a unusual experiment has now become a standard in our assortment. The Rosé Reserve Terrassen 2014 has also become a Domäne Wachau favourite to enjoy with dry-aged prime rib at our legendary Cellar Palace vineyard BBQs. It is made from Pinot Noir and Zweigelt grapes that were crushed and briefly macerated before being pressed. The wine fermented and matured in 300l- oak barrels, which excludes it from the categories Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd, but lends soft smoky complexity to aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry, dried herbs, and fresh hay. Long lees contact has contributed positively to structure and one can certainly speak of a serious wine with enough depth and complexity for ageing and impressive versatility at the table.