Wine of the Week – Schneider Saigner Rosé

Wine of the Week – Schneider Saigner Rosé

Many have asked our expert Dr. Know if a Rosé is just a drink for the summer or a wine that can be enjoyed all year round. He usually gives his answer with a sly smile stating that a Rosé wine works any time of the year whether it’s summer or winter, day or night. As wintertime is slowly approaching (even though with the Hong Kong temperatures it doesn’t really feel like it) the Saigner Rosé from Markus Schneider makes a perfect cuddle partner if you decide to wrap yourself in a woolen blanket.

So what makes this Rosé so special? Well, first of all it has a reddish color, isn’t that enough? Of course there is much more to it. The Saigner Rosé is a Cuvée / blend from four different grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and St. Laurent) resulting in a strong German Rosé from the Pfalz region. It comes with quite a heavy and unusual taste and it is in comparison to most Rosés quite strong in alcohol (13.0%). It convinces with thick fruity aromas that remind of blackberry, raspberry and black currant. Yet, the fruity aromas are not heavily sweet but rather subtle leaving the Rosé with a nice long and dry finish on the palate. We suggest to pair it best with pasta, grilled meat, a rice dish or simply by itself under your woolen blanket.

And the one million dollar question at “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”: Where does the name “Saigner” come from? The Saigner (French for bleeding) follows the traditional Rosé-making method which is mainly used in the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions and can be compared to bloodletting. Don’t worry, we are not getting into details about ancient medicine. After pressing the wine, parts of the liquid are removed while the rest is left on the mash. This enables the rest of the pressed liquid to absorb more tannins from the grapes’ skin. As a result the Rosé becomes more intense in color and taste, making the Saigner Rosé one of a kind.

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