Rare Rosé Blend is a term Wine-Searcher uses to identify rosé wines made from unusual or rarely seen combinations of grape varieties.
There is great variation within the world of rosé, from the fresh, strawberry-tinged wines of Provence to the much-maligned category of White Zinfandel. The grape varieties used are most commonly red, and the pale color is achieved by limiting the contact the grape has with its skins.
Usually, rosé wines are made from the grape varieties that are common to where they are made – for example, Provence rosé wines are usually made from a combination of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, while rosé wines from New Zealand are commonly made from Pinot Noir.
The rare rosé blend tends to come from places where there is a local grape variety which is blended with more famous international varieties – for example a South African rosé made in Stellenbosch from a blend of Pinotage and Grenache might be considered a Rare Rosé Blend. There are also a number of rosés that are made from a combination of red and white grape varieties, including the 'Rock Angel' rosé made from Grenache and Rolle by Château d'Esclans, which is famous for its Whispering Angel rosé.