the beast that is Rosé juggernaut shows no sign of stopping its momentum in the Asutralian wine market.
And nor should it really. We are seeing more and more of the style drafted in the dry savoury end of the spectrum, our lifestyle, climate and foods we enjoy just work so well with the style of wine. The days of it just being a summer quaffer is gone as this savoury style drinks well year ’round.
Rosé isn’t grape variety specific, as long as you are a red grape you’re good enough to be in. Australia’s winemakers have generally used Shiraz grapes which, depending on the amount of skin contact the juice has, will create wines that range in style from light coloured delicate wines through to spicy and savoury darker styles. Grenache can be used with success to produce either a spicy wine or one with soft, almost bubble gum flavours, Muscat grapes produce interesting, sweetish Moscato’s perfect for summertime drinking, even Cabernet and Merlot are used with success. The Italians – the grapes that is – have become very popular in the last ten years, with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo proving to be an excellent source, along with the Spanish Tempranillo grape, its high tannins make superb savoury and spicy wines.
In fact rose has become such a growth segment that Cellarmasters have released a Rosé subscription,which is not only a convenient solution for pink punters, but subscribers can expect to discover – and taste – a wide range of Rosé styles and varieties.
The My Favourites Rosé Reservation subscription includes a case (dozen bottles) of three types of Rosé wines selected by experts and delivered to your doorstep, three times a year, for only $12.99 per bottle by the case.
You can skip a case or cancel at any time, and there are no joining or cancellation fees. Each case comes with wine tasting notes, so you can impress your friends with your wine knowledge!
Jim Barry JB Clare Valley Rosé 2018 – James Halliday’s 2020 Winery of the Year has knocked out a wine driven by soft yet generous fruits, summer berries with a subtle lick of spice in there. Finishes with a kick of acid making it very moreish. 89 pts. Drink Now
Fedele Organic Rosé 2018 – for those that prefer to have their tipples on the organic side there is this offering, its light bodied, driven by tons of fresh, red berry fruit. Quite dry in the finish, which shows a drive of spice and acid. 88pts. Drink now.
Krondorf Growers Barossa Grenache Rose 2019 – each vintage the team at Krondorf releases a range that recognises the role that the growers play in crafting wine, with this vintage recognising Randolph and Anita Bowen. Pomegranate, rhubarb and crisp red apple and some woody spice are all there in the glass. Crisp red fruits on the nose, and a crunchy pomegranate seed flavour to it, the soft acid structure of this will give this a little bit of life in the bottle, possibly till 2022 with careful cellaring. 92pts,