Pink rosé from a ‘green’ chateau
Maris Organic Rosé, 250ml, £3.49, Waitrose
Made by maverick winemaking Brit Robert Eden of Chateau Maris in the small region of La Livinière in southern France’s wine-rich Languedoc area, this is a blend of organically grown Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache grapes.
In fact, the chateau is so dedicated to sustainable winemaking the winery is made from hemp bricks and doesn’t require any heating or cooling.
This still rosé comes packaged in a bright pink tin but what’s inside is much lighter in colour, more like the reassuringly pale pink rosés of Provence.
And there’s lots going on with the flavours, with fresh redcurrant and subtle raspberry fruits.
It’s a properly impressive wine — balanced, fresh and really well made.
This can is light, fresh and floral with a hint of white Maris Shiraz 250ml, £3.49, Waitrose
Another one from Maris, this time a still red made with organically grown Shiraz grapes.
Interestingly the grape is usually known by its French name Syrah when grown in France but here it’s taken its New World name Shiraz in keeping with its modern format.
The wine inside the sleekly packaged can is soft and juicy and joyous, with just-crushed red berry fruit flavours and a gentle kick of spice.
It’s the kind of wine you can sip happily with or without food, as it’s not too tannic or heavy.
Like the Maris rosé, this is suitable for vegans too. Full article