Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without roses, chocolate and of course bubbly, preferably pink bubbly.
After all, nothing says romance like a glass of chilled pink bubbles, romantic for all the right reasons. It has bubbles; it’s pink; and it has soft, red fruit flavours.
Here’s a selection of awesome pink bubblies to inspire you, depending on your preference and budget: From Champagne to Cap Classique to Sparkling Wine.
• Champagne Bollinger Brut Rosé
• Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Brut Rosé, inspired by the famous Sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan
• Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut
• Robertson Winery Brut Rosé
CHAMPAGNE BOLLINGER ROSÉ
One of the world’s most revered Champagne Houses, Bollinger has consistently created outstanding Champagne with character and distinguished by elegance and complexity since 1829.
Champagne Bollinger Rosé is a blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Meunier from 85% Grand or Premier Cru vineyards of exceptional quality. This is a highly polished Champagne, an aromatic, perfectly balanced Rosé of great complexity and sophistication.
Champagne Bollinger Rosé entices with a beautiful salmon pink colour, a velvet mousse and fresh, pure redcurrant, cherry and strawberry aromas, the palate is rich and refined, perfectly combining power with freshness, with a silky texture and juicy wild berry flavours, a touch of creaminess and a lasting fresh berry finish.
The absolutely fabulous Champagne Bollinger Rosé can be served for afternoon tea, Bollinger-style. It is also perfect for a picnic on a summer afternoon, as a pre-dinner drink or served with crayfish, salmon, Japanese cuisine or not-so-spicy Asian cuisine and fruit-based desserts.
Champagne Bollinger Rosé, packaged in a gorgeous gift box, is available nationally for approximately R1350.
CHAMPAGNE NICOLAS FEUILLATTE RÉSERVE EXCLUSIVE BRUT ROSÉ
Inspired by the famous Sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is the number one selling Champagne in France and the third biggest-selling Champagne brand in the world.
Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne recently unveiled their Special Edition of the Réserve Exclusive Brut Rosé inspired by the famous Sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan, when life is renewed, flowers are in bud and the senses are awakened…
This Rosé Champagne, bursting with red summer fruits, is made in a Brut style and is composed of 45% pinot noir for roundness and structure, 45% meunier for fruitiness and soft, supple character and 10% chardonnay, for elegance and finesse. A gorgeous pomegranate pink, a delicious cavalcade of redcurrant and raspberry notes combine with a hint of strawberries. It is fresh and vibrant with a touch of floral enchantment, perfect for infusing a bit of joy into everyday moments. Lively and refreshing, it is perfect for alfresco sipping, for picnics and delicious with Japanese cuisine.
Exquisitely adorned with the delicate pink petals of the iconic cherry blossom set against a beautiful blue sky, the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Brut Rosé retails nationally for around R860.
KRONE VINTAGE ROSÉ CUVÉE BRUT 2019
Krone Vintage-only Méthode Cap Classique is produced on Twee Jonge Gezellen wine estate in Tulbagh, where each vintage tells a story.
Comments cellarmaster, Rudiger Gretschel: “We believe that each vintage tells a story. Our winemaking team channels the rain, the sun, the wind into structure, complexity and balance – and seals it all with a cork.”
Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut 2018 is a blend of 87% pinot noir and 13% chardonnay. Gossamer pink. Aromatics of frais de bois (wild strawberries), the strawberry edged in papaya pip spice (similar to black peppercorn spice). Ethereal notes of rosewater skate along denser tones of crushed orange peel. Pinot noir led, the terroir is vividly sketched on the palate, sunbaked stones, the perfect ripeness of a gentle summer, strawberries, white peach, tangy cranberry freshness. The acids are lemony and soft, light and buoyant. A deeper tug into fresh cream, a layered mouth-coating mousse, finishing with lingering notes of toasted hazelnuts.
Krone Cuvée Brut Rosé delights in food that favours honest expression, from a simple picnic with slivers of charcuterie, crusty sourdough bread and ripe, melty Camembert. A tug-of-war between density and weightlessness, the structure lends itself to the refined too; salmon with crispy skin crackling and wild black rice to rolled porchetta, and duck with cherries.
Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut 2019is available for purchase at the estate, online at https://kronemcc.com/products/rose-cuvee-brut and is widely available nationally at select liquor retailers and grocers. Approximate retail price: R165 per 750ml bottle.
ROBERTSON WINERY BRUT ROSÉ
Robertson Winery, true to its reputation for pioneering and innovation, launched the first Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine in South Africa.
The Robertson Winery Brut Rosé, delightfully pink and dry with a vivacious sparkle, is elegantly refreshing, charmingly drinkable and vibrantly packaged.
With a strawberry blush, enticing floral and candied fruit aromas, juicy wild strawberry flavours and a generous aftertaste, this enchanting pink sparkler leaves your tastebuds calling for more. It is refreshingly fun, decidedly fruity and very easy to love! Make the Robertson Winery Brut Rosé your favourite go-to drink. Enjoy it anywhere, anytime… with friends, family or your loved one. Perfect for summer sipping and celebrations, serve well-chilled to keep the bubbles and flavours at their peak.
Robertson Winery Brut Rosé is available for purchase at the cellar, online at https://shop.robertsonwinery.co.za/ and is widely available nationally at select liquor retailers and grocers. Approximate retail price: R75 per 750ml bottle.