If you love the elegance of Provence rosé and the citrus intensity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, here’s a Spanish rosado you need to taste.
The inaugural vintage earned an 89-point Robert Parker rating, and the latest release is set to carry on the tradition. Niño de las Uvas 2016 arrives (very) fresh from the mountainous Mediterranean region of Bullas and a cellar with multiple 90-plus Wine Advocate scores for its Monastrell (the grape Provence winemakers call Mourvèdre).
They’ve been growing the grape here for 3,000 years – and have the highest-elevation Monastrell vines in all of Spain. At such altitudes, you get huge contrasts between day and night temperatures – and grapes with remarkable aromatic intensity.
With fruit of this quality, you do as little as possible in the winery. Just ask Bodegas del Rosario’s Luis Javier Pérez Prieto. A gentle pressing gives the wine its delicate, Provence-like color. Cool fermentation preserves the fresh fruit flavors (pomegranate, pink grapefruit, raspberry) and three months of lees aging ensures a lovely silky texture. Then it’s into the bottle and onto your table – for enjoyment with fresh seafood and light summer salads.
As you pour this for guests, be sure to share the story of the wine’s name: Niño de las Uvas (The Child of the Grapes) is a famous local statue, excavated from an ancient Roman villa and proudly displayed on the label.
And definitely make sure you keep a second bottle on ice – the first one is guaranteed to disappear quickly. In fact, our whole (tiny) shipment is unlikely to last too long …