Welcome to our column where we look at what’s good to drink around Shanghai. And because it’s Friday. And also because a car lover was buried in a Hyundai Sonata. Whatever, we just want some booze. This week: Yllera 5.5 Rosé Frizzante.
Fun fact: last month in Shanghai was only the 13th time since 1873 that the mercury hit 35 degrees celsius in May. This means it’s time to switch your boozing over to warm weather, which should include this sparkling rosé by Spanish winery Yllera.
Yllera is a company that dates back to six generations of winemakers in Rueda since the 1970s. They made their mark with a white wine based on the verdejo grape, and they take a similar tact with this rosé. It’s 90 percent verdejo with the rest coming from the red tempranillo grape, which gives the wine its color.
This rosé is meant to be drunk young and fresh, and the winemaking technique reflects that. The grapes are harvested at night to preserve their ripeness, macerated in cold temperatures to coax out the aromas, and gently pressed to avoid any harsh flavors. Once the juice has fermented to 5.5 percent alcohol by volume, the wine is bottledfrizzante style, or lightly sparkling, akin to the northern Italian sparkling wine prosecco.
All that is dressed up in a pretty package. Just look at it, frosty pink, Comic Sans label, a crown cap that’s begging to be cracked open. When you give in, it opens a whoosh of strawberry while tasting like a tingly mango juice. It’s great when paired with an appetizer such as foie gras, or with dessert like fruit or chocolate. Better yet, it’s the perfect thirst quencher when it’s a scorcher, so sit in the shade with your clothes off, polish off a bottle or two, and savor a leisurely summer.
Available for ¥185 at Xibarita.
Sinan Mansion, Unit 103, 16, Lane 523 Middle Fuxing Road / 思南公馆, 复兴中路519弄16号103