Rosé is the perfect match with pumpkin dishes. Pumpkin’s slight sweetness and assertive flavours demand similar qualities in a wine. Choose a wine that’s bone-dry and it’s in danger of tasting bitter. Pick a wine with delicate flavours and they’re liable to be swamped by the dish.
Clearview 2008 Black Reef Blush has the sort of curriculum vitae that makes it a sensational partner with every pumpkin dish. It has a suggestion of sweetness that’s exquisitely balanced by pleasantly drying tannins. The texture is rich and the flavours reasonably strong – this is not a wimpy Rosé.
Most Rosé is made by adding a dash of red wine to white wine giving a fresh and fruity blend with a strawberry tint. Clearview (tastings) has adopted the less common, but in many ways more authentic, winemaking method of allowing crushed red grape skins to macerate in their own juices for a number of hours.
It was once fashionable to make very pale Rosé in this manner. These wines were known as “eye of the partridge” in California or “eye of the swan” in Australia. In this country we called them “eye of the winemaker on Sunday morning” although that description was never in print.
First published in KiaOra Magazine – Apr 2009.