Last Saturday 22 September 2018, Singaporean blogger Jessica Tan hosted an 8-course delight at Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Asia Square for two dozen wine lovers. Dinner was paired with eight Italian rosés. We clinked pink the whole night through. A good rosé should not be skinny or scrawny to the point where there is dubious fruit and just lots of acidity. At the same time, it must not be heavy nor flabby. Certainly not sticky sweet. All eight Italian rosés were positively dry. My two favourites are both from Sicily.
Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali Nerello Le Rosé 2017
The Nerello Mascalese grapes were planted back in 1974. Fermentation was in stainless-steel tank. Delicate red cherry fruit, dry finish, with a zip of freshness on the end. Medium-bodied and balanced. The proprietors, the Tasca d’Amerita family, are now into its eighth generation.
Valenti Poesia Etna Rosato 2016
A more evolved and winey rosé even though it is just 12 months that separate the two Sicilian wines. Again, the variety is Nerello Mascalese. Kirsch cherry fruit, a bite of spice, and complete with a whiff of autumn leaves. Dry, firm finish. Don’t serve either wine too cold. Also family owned, the Valenti vineyard is in sight of the famous volcano.