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Stylish new Spanish Rosado from Chivite

In a move to change the style and perceptions of Spanish rosados, leading northern Spanish brand owner Julián Chivite, has launched a new style of rosé from his estate close to Tudela in Navarra.

The 2014 Chivite Las Fincas Rosado is an IGP de Tres Riberas (Indicación Geográfica Protegida) from the north of Spain. It has been specially created by Julián as an homage to his great friend and top Spanish chef José María Arzak. The wine is made up of a blend of 54% Garnacha and 46% Tempranillo and has been aged on its lees for six months prior to bottling.

Commenting on the wine, Julián Chivite, CEO J Chivite Estates, says: “The wine carries both our names and has been designed to stand out from the usual type of Spanish Rosado. It is paler in colour and is very much a food wine, but, as you would expect, it is versatile and José Mari and I believe it is as good with food as it is on its own.”

This first vintage is a limited release, which has been trialed over the last two years prior to its release this year. The aim is to become a reference for quality Spanish rosé wines, as has happened with the producer’s Gran Feudo Rosado and the Colección 125 Rosado.

The stylish packaging was chosen for its individuality and to highlight the uniqueness of the wine. "One of the most important things about this wine is its colour and we have chosen this bottle to reflect precisely that, and let the wine speak for itself – an honest wine with transparency that has nothing to hide.”

The new Chivite Las Fincas Rosado (13.5%abv) has been a hit in various markets since its launch in June this year and the company is now looking for a UK importer for the on- and off-trade. The estimated RSP in the UK will be £11-13.

3 August 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor