Miraval Rosé, Provence France

Côtes de Provence / Provence France / Syrah, Cinsaualt, Grenache, Rolle  / Miraval    Light body, dry. Raspberry, white flower, tangerine.

At long last, a decent Rosé wine available in Iceland! I know that sounds pretentious and arrogant. When I first moved to Iceland, I was surprised at the small selection of Rosé wines available, and at the quality of those few Rosés. I started asking around to friends, and even random Icelanders in bars when I was out. “Do you drink any Rosé wine?”

The universal answer I got floored me. “No. It’s too sweet.”

I find that there has been damage done to the perception of Rosé wine in Iceland, because unless it’s a dessert wine, Rosé absolutely should not be sweet. This answer brought back bad flashbacks from drinking Beringer “White Zinfandel” in the 1990s: a sugary sweet “wine” that tasted like soda and left you with a hangover and great regret the next day.

No no no. I feel like if the perception of Rosé wine is “too sweet”, then something went very wrong. I would like to say penance, on my knees in the Cloister, and beg you to forgive the wrongs that have been done. I absolutely love Rosé wine, especially from Provence in France. Light body, delicate fruits, dry and crisp–this is the perfect thirst-quencher on a warm sunny day. To right the wrongs of Rosé in the past, consider our Miraval Rosé at Klaustur Bar as a peace-offering by the glass.

Miraval is beautiful visually, which is not surprising since it’s a wine made by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. A blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, and Rolle, the beautiful pink colour comes from leaving the Syrah skins in brief contact with the juice for a bit of fermentation and then blending it with the clear juice of the other 3 grapes. Light, dry, and crisp, this wine has delicate flavors of raspberry, white flower, and tangerines. Chalk and limestone soils give this wine structure and a nice mineral backbone. Enjoy this wine on a warm sunny day, with light fruit & cheese plates, fish and seafood.


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