Bloody hell. Just when I have the chance to write about run-off, there’s no rosé in my bleeding fridge. See what I did? I just sneakily mentioned TWO ways of making pretty pink wine in one teeny tiny breath.
Of course, the run-off everyone really cares about is of the presidential election variety that’s happening FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER in Argentina’s history on 22 November. And, as coincidence would have it, running off fermented red grape juice is also one way to create rosé, which is what I care about now I’ve had a whiff of summer in Pinamar. (Wine geeks, note: Other ways to produce rosé are bleeding – AKA saignée – limited maceration and pressing.)
And for the pure and simple kicks of being able to tenuously link the Macri vs. Scioli run-off with wine, here are my two rosé sip tips to ease you through summer 2015.
Alfredo Roca Merlot Rosé 2015. A San Rafael-based bodega named after his grandfather, third-generation winemaker Alfredo has the air of a kindly abuelo who would sit you on his knees and lovingly feed you wine from a milk bottle.
He’s a real trooper, too: in July, he drove his wife and friends some 1,000km from their Mendoza home to Chubut to attend Madryn al Plato, no mean feat given his age.
I’m a fan of his Pinot Noir, and this unusual rosé, unusual in that it’s made from Merlot, also stands tall. A fruits of the forest hit, strawberry and raspberry form its backbone. Juicy fruit.
Alfredo Roca Merlot Rosé 2015, San Rafael, Mendoza, Bodega Alfredo Roca, 98 pesos. Cork. Pressed method. Drink at 8º-10ºC.
Crios Rosé of Malbec 2015. Once upon a time, I told Susana Balbo’s daughter I wanted to be La Balbo’s daughter at a wine fair because I want to drink all her wine, without knowing who she was. Whoops. It wasn’t meant to sound weird or upset the inheritance balance. I’ve also told her son, winemaker José Lovaglio, the same anecdote. I couldn’t help myself. My enthusiastic verbal diarrhea shot out at a lunch that Alfredo Roca was also attending where I attempted – and failed – to match him sip for sip.
Once upon a time two: I included this wine on Chipper’s wine list.
Once upon a time three: I’ve included it as a rosé must in the 2015/16 summer edition of Time Out. That’s right, I’m embroiled in a rosey-wosey love affair. A liquid strawberry bomb. Bathe in it, then drink it.
Crios Rosé de Malbec 2015, Altamira, Uco Valley, Susana Balbo Wines, 109 pesos. Screw cap. Bleeding method. Drink at 8º-10ºC.
*A version of this article first appeared on the author’s blog ‘comewinewith.me‘