Evonne and I headed over to the AIX Rose Wine tasting at SkyBar in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently. AIX Rose Wine is made by the 130 years old winery of Maison Saint AIX which is situated in the south of France, just an hour north-east of AIX En Provence.
AIX Rosé origininates on about 75Ha (200 acres) of land situated on a plateau at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level. The grapes mature thanks to over 300 days of sunlight per year and cool nights, while the south-western exposure and the common mistral wind provides protection for the vines. This results in optimum conditions to grow Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Counoise, the grape varieties for this Rosé.
After running a family business in logistics and a corporate career in shipping. Sake fell in love with the wines and lifestyle of Provence and decided to buy the Domaine in 2010 with the idea of sharing the Provencal charm and to develop an international rose brand. Since 2012, he has been fulltime in the business and responsible for business development in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia.
Here are some characteristics of the Vintage 2015:
Appellation: Aop Coteaux d’aix en Provence
Grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Vinification: 30% of rosé bleeding and 70% direct pressing. fermentation temperatures between 11 and 13 degrees celsius.
Serving: between 8 to 12 degrees Celsius.
Tasting notes: an elegant and refined rosé, with concentrated flavours of apple, spice and citrus that are flanked by plenty of rich, spicy notes. creamy finish. (Kim Marcus, wine spectator)
Alcohol content: 13%
AIX Rose Wine is distributed in Malaysia by The Straits Wine Company which was established in 2006, and is one of Southeast Asia’s leading wine importers, retailers and distributors with branches in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. The company focuses on small boutique and artisanal wineries from around the world, and has 11 retail wine shops in Singapore which feature wines from Australia, France, Spain, Italy and more. The company also offers bespoke events from private wine parties to corporate wine pairing sessions, helmed by a team of wine professionals available on hand. The company supplies leading restaurants and hotels in Kuala Lumpur such as Shangri-la, The Hyatt, Hilton, Troika, Dewakan, DC and many more!
More info at http://aixrose.com/ or https://straitswine.com/