Non-Provençal rosés

Rosé is as diverse as every star in the Milky Way twinkling a unique shade of pink. The warmth of vineyards around Nîmes is a reliable French haven for bargains. I’m also finding beautiful Spanish rosados with a little more richness. More textural, these are perfect when dining outdoors. For an all-rounder, my pick from South Africa is a peach. I couldn’t resist including an English rosé sparkler to take your tastebuds to heaven.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

L’Arene des Anges Costières de Nîmes Rosé 2020 (13%), £6.69 until 27 July, Waitrose. A gorgeous blend of fullness and elegance, this price is a steal.

Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé 2021 (13%), £14.90, shop.thenewtinsomerset.com. Silky and magical, this South African rosé is becoming an annual fixture of splendid summer sipping.

Chivite Les Fincas Rosado Garnacha 2020 (14.5%), £19.99 as part of a ‘mix six’, Majestic. Barrel-fermented for richer texture. Spicy and fresh, great with food.

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2018 (12.5%), £32, camelvalley.com. One of the finest sparkling rosés on the planet. I adore it for a treat.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Baron Amarillo Rioja Rosado 2020 (13%), £6.99, Aldi. A peach and a cherry elope to the sunshine. Staggeringly good price.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 18th July 2021



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