Wine of the Month: Wolf Bass Sparkling Rosé

Posted on: 05 July 2010 by Mark O'haire

Welcome to this first wine column for 50connect in conjunction with Love That Wine. To start us off with a bang this month we’ve selected a sparkling wine which is perfect for the summer.

The choice of sparkling wines on the shelves of our supermarkets and wine shops is already sizable and is still growing. We seem to have an unending love affair with the bubbly stuff, but even more, we all love a bargain. Champagne is king among the sparklers but it does come at a price. Although we have seen some extraordinary offers recently, quality at the bottom end can leave a lot to be desired.

Good Champagne is not cheap to produce. First of all it must come from classified vineyards in the Champagne region, some of the most expensive vineyard land in France. Because of it’s northern location the grapes can struggle to ripen, if they make it past the flowering process that is, without too much frost damage. And then there is the Champagne production process itself which is incredibly labour intensive and takes time.

Granted, the wines can be stunning, but sparkling wines are now produced all over the world without being subject to the strict rules Champagne has to adhere to. This means many are sold at very keen prices and can provide a great value alternative.

Wolf Bass Sparkling Rosé Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sparkling Rosé Brut 2009

  • From: Australia
  • Coop - Tesco £9.99

This brand new sparkling rosé is slightly unusual in that it includes just a handful of Shiraz grapes in the regular mix of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay as well as the lesser known Pinot Meunier (another Champagne classic). This does give it very ripe strawberry aromas, making for a soft fruity style.

It is labelled Brut, which means dry but does allow anywhere between six and 15 grams per litre residual sugar in the finished wine. The Wolf Blass wines tend to be quite generous in this respect but this is by no means sweet or flabby. This softer, more generous style is great for people who often think of Champagne and sparkling wine as ‘a bit acidic’.

The combination of ripe strawberry fruit and creamy mousse make for a perfect easy drinking wine. Just think strawberries, cream and sunny Wimbledon and you’re there. And an alcohol percentage of 11% means it’s also quite friendly on the old head.

Wine selected by Pieter Rosenthal at

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