Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Sparkling Wine
13th April 2023
Have you ever come past a Cabernet Sauvignon Sparkling Rosé? No, me neither to be honest, it is certainly not a commonly seen option and up until the point of writing this article I had yet to ever taste one! If we are looking for still wine options then we have a nice selection to choose from both of new world and old, but if we add some bubbles to our requirement then a 100% Sparkling Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé is rarer to find.
Sauvignon Blanc sparkling wine options are quite varied and vast with great examples to choose from, a much more popular style catering for a much greater fan base. The (white) Sauvignon is said to be able to adapt and grow successfully within nearly every wine growing region thus offering great diversity in styles thanks to differentiating terroirs.
The Cabernet Sauvignon, the world’s most popular red grape, a previous combination of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc (from Bordeaux), is mostly acclaimed within the sector of still red wines with France, Chile and Australia being the countries mostly planted with this variety. Even though it’s popularity is towards red wine, some of these red grapes can be used to make white Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
As red grapes, just like white grapes, produce clear (white) grape juice, we will thus know that they can produce white, rosé and red wines with varied maceration levels. The all important skin contact producing the required rosé colouring and traditional method wine production gives us a wonderful Sekt (sparkling wine) from Austria via Weingut Steininger.
If we are going to choose a Cabernet Sauvignon Sparkling Rosé then why not select a gold medal winning example and indeed this example from 202 vintage available from Steininger:
Tasting notes: “Peach, apricot, strawberry and red cherry aromas with herbal notes. Full of herbaceous flavours including grass, thyme, bell pepper and mint with a hint of ginger and nutmeg.” Christopher Walkey
Co-founder of Glass of Bubbly. Journalist and author focused on Champagne & Sparkling Wines and pairing them with foods.