Rosé all day!
Rosé’s popularity in Australia just continues to grow, and you can always find a vast selection of this enticingly pink-hued tipple at your local bottle shop. Belinda Ryan from Pure Wine Co. breaks down the joy of Rosé to help you pick a style that you will like.
Rosé is a style of wine coming from red wine grapes and can be made up of just about any grape variety — its signature light pink hue is due to how Rosé incorporates some of the colours from the grape skins but not enough to qualify it as red wine.
Rosé wines range from pale salmon to copper-gold, strawberry pink and raspberry red. Styles can be crisp and bone dry to sweeter and fruitier. With so many variables, it’s little wonder navigating your Rosé of choice can be a little tricky at times.
Rosé is often chosen based on the general thought that the paler in colour, the dryer it is. And sometimes, this is true. But, don’t judge a drop by its colour! Some Rosé wines with a bit more depth of colour can just indicate more complexity and fullness of flavour.
The style of Rosé has changed dramatically over the years — we only need to look back to the ’80s and the super pink Mateus Rosé that everyone was downing at the time! Fast forward to now, and the Rosé trend leans much more towards savoury and super dry varieties, like the famous French Rosé from Cote De Provence, which is super fashionable to drink currently. Connoisseurs tend to go for Rosé wines generally made from a mix of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault, which appear extremely pale in colour and are very dry on the palate.
In Australia, we are blessed to have Rosé made from all different varieties, with popular varieties of Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet, to name a few. However, we see a lot more Rosé made from Italian varieties such as Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.
Here are my top three picks for the most refreshing Rosé this Summer:
2021 DOMINIQUE PORTET FONTAINE ROSE,
Yarra Valley, Victoria. RRP $24.99
Long regarded as Australia’s first true Provence style — and arguably most successful — dry Rosé. This gem has been a mainstay of Dominique Portet since the beginning, and its popularity is now stronger than ever, thanks to Rosé’s global success. Made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it boasts a pale pink with ripe fruit, creamy mouthfeel and crunchy acidity — it’s everything you’d want from a Rosé.
2021 LONGVIEW VINEYARDS NEBBIOLO ROSATO,
Adelaide Hills, South Australia. RRP $26
The most awarded Rosé in the country! Longview set out to make a dry, European-style Rosé wine back in 2005, and Nebbiolo was the perfect grape to do so. A beguiling rose-water hue with glints of copper immediately draws one in. Out of the glass lifts a remarkable perfume of fresh red berries, pressed flowers, nectarine skin and the trademark Nebbiolo whiff of star anise. In the mouth, it’s a refreshing hit of white stone fruit flesh culminating in a zippy citrus-juice finish that cleanses the palate and sets it up for another sip.
2019 DOMAINE DE CHATILLON ROSE,
Savoie, France. RRP $23
Chatillon is Ed Peter’s (owner of Australia’s Yarra Yering) project in the French Alps. Made from 100% Gamay Noir, there’s a subtle array of pomegranate and rose petals, with savoury red fruit aromas of strawberry and macerated cherry with hints of wildflowers and spice. The palate is lifted with roses, strawberries and glace cherry that frame this structural, floral and dry balanced Rosé.
Available at Sunrise Cellars and selected bottle shops throughout the Northern Rivers. purewine.co