Wines of the Week: Nyetimber Rosé 2008; Santa Digna Estelado Rosé 2011; Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 10 February 2013
Valentine's Day and pink-themed restaurant menus may be over-hyped, but we all need a little love in our lives and there is nothing wrong with opening a bottle of something sparkling at home this week to lighten the February gloom…
Nyetimber Rosé 2008
Only the second rosé release from the pioneering English sparkling vineyard, this exudes the kind of refined elegance hitherto found only in the finest champagne. A combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir delivers blackcurrant and, particularly, strawberries on the nose with slightly toasty, brioche flavours adding complexity. Richly satisfying. £38.95, leaandsandeman.co.uk; £45, Waitrose, bbr.com
Santa Digna Estelado Rosé 2011
A sensationally good Chilean Fairtrade sparkler made from Pais grapes grown on pre-phylloxera vines in the Curico valley will appeal to lovers of something different, particularly if you have an ethical conscience or find pink cava too sweet. Very dry, fine bubbles and a real liveliness on the palate – perfect with crustacea, such as a grilled lobster or big prawns. £12.99, alfredthegrape.co.uk (minimum order £30), vintagemarque.com (minimum order six bottles)
Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne
Lovers of a bargain are particularly fortunate around this time of year as retailers offer generous discounts on sparklers ahead of Valentine's Day and next month's Mother's Day. And this is one of the best: a pure Pinot Noir from the Côte des Bars: light, red-berry fruit flavours, crisply refreshing. The ideal aperitif – but also indulgent with a dessert. £15, majestic.co.uk (as part of minimum order of six mixed bottles, until 19 March; normally £24)
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