We are becoming a nation of Rosé drinkers. According to stats there has been a 15 percent growth in Rosé sales in the last five years.
“Australians are drinking more Rosé because our lifestyle and climate are so well suited towards it. Rosé is a simple style of wine that pairs well with a range of food, and it’s also great to enjoy on its own,” said our Cellar Director, Christine Ricketts.
Below, Christine has listed seven must try Australian Rosé wines.
7 Australian Rosé wines to try
Grenache Rosé from McLaren Vale
Some of the best Aussie Rosé wines are made from Grenache grapes grown in the warn climate of McLaren Vale, as the grapes need warmth to ripen. Grenache Rosé wines grown in this South Australia region tend to be red fruit driven with spicy, confectionery notes.
Wine to try: Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Mclaren Vale Rose 2015
The palate is a chef's delight with a wonderful, food-friendly structure. Velvet, smooth, fine subtle tannins line the tongue with plenty of flavour and good acidity filling out the mouth. This rosé will complement an array of savoury meat dishes and Asian spices.
Pinot Noir Rosé from the Yarra Valley
Pinot Noir and the Yarra Valley are a marriage made in heaven. The region grows and produces a great variety of styles, ranging from aromatic to savoury flavours. When King Valley Pinot Noir wines are made into Rosé wines, it doesn’t disappoint. The fruit is picked early to retain the grapes’ natural acidity and elegant red cherry fruit flavours.
Wine to try: Tarrawarra Rosé 2015
A dry, yet succulent wine with fresh acidity and fine texture. Match with some grilled prawns and fresh bread.
Merlot grapes grown in the cool climate of Limestone Coast, South Australia tend to be on the plum and chocolate spectrum, with wines that are generous, ripe and full bodied. When used in Rosé wine, the grapes make for a flavoursome and fruity wine.
Wine to try: Black Wattle Mt Benson Rosé Cuvée 2016
The fruit was left in contact with the juice for 24 hours to achieve the pale pink colour. Filled with ripe berry fruit flavours on the palate balanced by the crisp acidity and the delicate mousse mouth filling, it’s perfect to take to a Yum Cha or match with cheese and pâté.
Sangiovese Rosé from Fleurieu Peninsula
Sangiovese is the famous grape of Tuscany, and in Australia, the grape varietal is best grown in Victoria and South Australia, with the Mildura, King Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula regions leading the way. With its dryness and high acidity, Sangiovese wines tend to be food friendly, so when this varietal is used in rosé, it makes for the perfect pink food wine.
Wine to try: Stefano De Pieri Di Qualita Vino Rosato 2017
Bright and fresh fruit flavours with delightful savoury notes. Try this with typical Italian flavours, such as bruschetta served fresh ricotta, tomato and basil, or enjoy on its own.
Tempranillo Rosé from West Australia
Tempranillo is a premium red wine grape variety, originally from the Rioja Region in Spain. It lends itself well to be used in Rosé with its colour and fine tannins adding structure, without overwhelming the wine. When grown in West Australia, the Rosé produced tends to be lighter in colour than most Australian Rosé and more savoury than sweet.
A Rosé that seduces and entices, showing juicy, red fruit intensity, with a dry and crisp finish. Match with some spicy Gazpacho soup, or enjoy on its own.
Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé from Frankland River
Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of two dark red grape varieties, both originally from Bordeaux. Frankland River is located approximately 360 kilometres south of Perth, and is fast becoming one of the state’s most successful wine producing regions.
The varying climates in the region make for complex wines, and Rosé made from this grape blend from the region tend to be smooth and velvety.
Wine to try: Ferngrove Frankland River Limited Release Rosé 2016
It's full of delicious nashi pear, raspberry and red fruits balanced with a creamy texture and a fine, dry finish. Pair perfectly with coconut covered king prawns.
Shiraz Rosé from the Barossa Valley
South Australia’s Barossa region is known for growing world-leading Shiraz grapes, and produces full flavoured wine with good intensity and power. Grapes grown in the region when used in Rosé results in a wine with bright fruit notes and savoury hints.
Wine to try: Hart Of The Barossa "soulmate" Organic Rosé 2016
Displays strawberry and toffée apple flavours produced from early picked Shiraz grapes. Elegantly aged in French barrels, this is a seriously complex European style Rosé. Match with some antipasti and fresh bread.
4 things you didn't know about Rosé
1. Rosé is not for keeping
Despite the high acid in Rosé, it is not a wine made for cellaring, so enjoy it young and fresh – in other words, as soon as you have bought it.
2. It's not just a summer drink
Rosé is a wine that is perfect to enjoy all year round, matching Asian inspired foods really well.
3. The colour doesn't impact the taste
Did you think you prefer the pale coloured Rosé due to its crispness? Think again, the colour of Rosé wine is not an indication of its sweetness levels – some of the driest Rosés can be hot pink in colour!
4. Goat's to have it with cheese
A soft goat cheese is the perfect pairing, as it has a tangy flavour that matches well with the acidity of the wine. If you are drinking a sweeter style Rosé, pair it with a blue cheese like St Agur.