Rosés are making a huge comeback around the world. Sweetness is the defining characteristic that divides these pink wines into two distinct styles.
Blush Wines - are soft, flavourful and fairly sweet, ranging from medium dry to medium sweet. White Zinfandel from California is the quintessential Blush wine. The winemaker minimises contact with the red grape skins to impart a pink hue to the wine. These wines are usually made with low alcohol and medium to high sweetness and medium acidity to keep the wine soft in the mouth and appeal to the mass market.
Dry Rose's on the other hand are more serious wines that range from very dry to off-dry and are supported by a firmer structure than the Blush wines. These wines have a strong backbone of acidity or a small amount of tannin to impart firmness to the wine. The best have good concentration of aromatics.