Alcohol Advent 2020 Day 3: Rose Prosecco
Both Aldi and Harvey Nichols are putting the ‘pro’ in prosecco yet again as they have both announced brand new and deliciously indulgent Prosecco Rose DOC. Those who thought pink Prosecco was already a thing, may be surprised to learn that only in May of this year did the Italian government approve production of Prosecco Rosé DOC – a landmark decision that is sure to make prosecco even sexier!
Aldi wine expert, whjo they have dubbed their Mistress of Wine, Sam Caporn explains: “Shoppers might have already enjoyed Italian rose (or rosato) sparkling wine, but it won’t actually have been Prosecco, because pink Prosecco hasn’t previously been permitted. Prosecco (like Champagne) is governed by strict regulations and Prosecco DOC has to come from grapes grown exclusively from nine provinces in the north east of Italy, and there are many rules in place regarding how it can be produced. Like standard Prosecco, the new rose variety must be made primarily from Glera grapes but with the addition of Pinot Noir.”
Sure to appeal to both Prosecco and rose lovers alike, Aldi’s Prosecco Rosé DOC is a soft pink colour with elegant notes of summer fruits on the nose. On the palate there is a delightful blend of strawberry and raspberry red berry fruits with a hint of white peach, finishing with a gentle citrus twist.
Aldi is not the only one launching a rose prosecco – and this one may be much easier to buy. Crafted by the highly respected Bronca sisters, Antonella and Ersiliana, who also make our bestselling Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, this new pink version includes a little Pinot Noir, which imparts that cracking coral colour.
In the glass, this vegan-friendly wine from Harvey Nichs has a lovely core of ripe red berries, perfectly balanced by a long, dry finish and notes of tangy redcurrant, citrus, rose petal and cherry blossom.
Andrew Duncan, Wine Buyer at Harvey Nichols, says “One of the highlights of an extremely challenging 2020 was the Italian government giving the go ahead for pink Prosecco. For years we have been working with Sorellle Bronca to produce some of our bestselling Own Label wines and following months of thorough tests and tastings to find the perfect Prosecco Rosé to add to our portfolio, we are thrilled it’s finally here – just in time for Christmas and the New Year.”
So whether you want to head on down to your local Aldi (it is sold out online) or visit Harvey Nichols (or order it online https://www.harveynichols.com/brand/harvey-nichols/3292926-prosecco-rose-nv/p3956823/ ) do indulge in some of this new pink fizz this holiday season!