It is very seldom you find a rosé wine made from sangiovese grapes, but that’s what they do at Poggerino i Radda in Chianti. 24 hours after the harvest, destemming and the vatting of the sangiovese grapes 15% of the must is removed in what is called bleeding (saignée). These fifteen percent are what in time will become the rosé wine while the remaining 85% will become the red wine (that thus will be more concentrated).
The rosé wine is called Aurora and is fermented in stainless steel tanks. You should drink it when it is young and fresh, flowery but not at all cloying. The acidity that sometimes can be quite high in the sangiovese grape keeps the wine very lively. A wine that goes well both with simpler starters or a good pasta dish, and even to white meats like chicken or veal, provided they are not too spicy. Price: around 10 euro. www.poggerino.com
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