We have a very special treat at Abadía Retuerta this summer. Three different shades of rosé, ranging from a pale, Provence-style wine to the traditional clarete in Ribera del Duero and a third style in-between. If you want to try them you will have to visit us here or buy them in our online store.
The growth of rosé wines over the past years seems unstoppable to the point of being one of the most dynamic categories in the trade. The rosé fashion started in France, where this style is tremendously popular both in terms of consumption and production. No wonder the French show their pride for Provence, a benchmark area in terms of this style.
But we have our own traditions in Spain. This international trend has pushed many producers to explore their regions’ rosé traditions and the possibilities of making wines in this category based on their climate and local varieties.
A threefold initiative
Given the enterprising character of our winemaker Ángel Anocíbar —so far in 2018, he has carried out 38 different fermentations in open vats— it was only a matter of time before he started to experiment with rosés. What sets his investigations apart is the multidimensional possibilities he envisions for Tempranillo, the Duero’s finest grape variety, to make rosé wines.
The result is three wines which are now part of the Winemaker’s Collection. Wine enthusiasts visiting our cellar this summer will be able to taste and buy them.
Summer and wine
Until August 31st, visitors will be able to enjoy a specially planned activity called Summer and wine focused on this interesting rosé trio. After the welcome, guests will take part in a one-hour tasting with detailed explanations about each of the wines, their colour, aroma and structure on the palate. An experience that is both educational and fun!
If you want to repeat the tasting at home, you can purchase the wines in our online store. Find below the ideal serving guidelines and a few comments about each rosé to help you lead the tasting.
Abadía Retuerta Tempranillo Rosé 2017. Tempranillo grapes are sourced from Pago Cascajera, with sandy and gravely soils at an elevation of 750 and 760 metres. Made in a Provençal style, the grapes are quickly crushed and fermented with almost no maceration to extract just a little colour. The wine is fragrant and floral with notes of petals and red fruit and aniseed nuances on the background. It displays vibrant acidity on the palate with less structure than usual on wines made from Tempranillo in the Duero area. A thirst-quenching wine to drink with or without food any time of the day.
Abadía Retuerta Tempranillo Rosado 2017. Our dear Tempranillo grapes are sourced from the same vineyard but, during winemaking, skins are kept in contact with the juice for up to five hours to get more intensity of colour and a marked presence of the variety and the terroir. Juicy red fruit notes are more evident and the palate has extra structure. This style is in line with most Spanish rosés and can be paired with countless summery dishes.
Abadía Retuerta Tempranillo Clarete 2016. Clarete is a traditional style in Ribera del Duero; it was widely available in the region before the birth of the appellation and its shift towards red wines. Ángel Anocíbar has tried to replicate the wine made by the monks in the abbey, fermented with a higher percentage of skins. This style of winemaking takes us to an earlier vintage, 2016, and features a wine that combines fruit with creamy oak notes and more structure than the other rosés. A refreshing wine to pair with meat dishes this summer.