Whenever I stumble across a ‘write-up’ dedicated to rosé wine, 9 times out of 10, the piece will open with a zealous protest against the wine’s unjust reputation as a bit of a fashion tragic.
I have always found these passionate defences admirable; because it is hard to convince someone, who is not a six year old girl or permanently stuck in the 80s, that pink is cool (and, let’s face it, cool has well and truly flown out window for the latter anyway).
However, when we rosé radicals ‘doth protest too much’ we are probably only reinforcing the wine’s outmoded image. But, perhaps this is the point? Any publicity is good publicity. Right?
It could be said that this is the impetus behind Rosé Revolution – a global movement dedicated to changing the perception of rosé wine and celebrating the drier and more ‘grown-up’ styles.
Apparently, a ‘revolution’ is needed to update rosé’s image. This is understandable considering a bottle of Mateus (the sweetish, pink Portuguese tipple which was über popular in the 80’s) is arguably still the wine style’s global insignia.
In Australia, the rosy reformation has already gained a lot more ground in comparison to the rest of the wine drinking world (perhaps excepting France). This may be partly attributable to the fact that it is a little easier to avoid rosé-related social gaffes in this country.
Cracking open a bottle of rosé at an Aussie summer barbie or an al fresco lunch by the pool seems somehow more ‘acceptable’ than choosing that same bottle from an upscale New York wine list or presenting it to the hosts of a cosy English dinner party by the hearth.
Moreover, our ‘outdoor-friendly’ weather and relaxed approach to dining is perfectly suited to imbibing copious amounts of this refreshing and versatile blush-coloured wine.
Fittingly, this friendly weather came out in Brisbane this week and provided the perfect platform for the launch of Rosé Revolution for 2012.
The rebel’s pink flag will be flying high all throughout the approaching summer months; so now is the time to try as many pink wines as you possibly can! Just like I did this week.
Such an impressive amount of quality wines have been contributed to the ‘revolution’ by proud rosé producers and importers throughout the country – so I would question anyone who couldn’t find a least one wine they enjoyed.
A few of the revolutionary highlights from the launch this week were:
BK Wines Rosé, 2012 (Adelaide Hills)
Displays all the hallmarks of a great Pinot rosé – elegant, dry and savoury with the tell-tale strawberries and cream lift on the finish.
Pizzini Rosetta, 2012 (King Valley)
I’m a sucker for a Sangiovese-based rosé…and Pizzini knows Sangio. The variety’s red cherry and savoury spice characteristics dance around nicely on the textural and dry palate. Hand me the pancetta!
Domaine de la Croix “La Croix Irrésistible” Rosé, 2010 (Provence, France)
There is no denying the elegance and incredible texture of rosé wine from its home in Provence. This blend of Cinsault, Shiraz and Grenache fills the mouth with silky layers of delicate citrus and red berry fruit flavours and a pleasing mineral acidity.
Chateau La Rayre Rosé, 2010 (Bergerac, France)
A bigger and bolder French rosé made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The grippy tannins of all three varieties are prominent, however they never overpower. Instead, they give the wine a wonderfully rich and textural mouth feel and a fresh, herbaceous flavour.
Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Grenache Rosé, 2012 (McLaren Vale)
Arguably the crowd favourite at the Brisbane Rosé Rev launch. This brightly coloured Grenache rosé delivers candy coated red berry fruits, but never threatens to be overly sweet. A zippy citrus finish leaves you reaching for more!
Other rosy wines I love…
Darling Park Rosé, 2010 (Mornington Peninsula)
Mistletoe Wines Barrel-Fermented Rosé, 2010 (Hunter Valley)
Dominque Portet “Fontaine” Rosé, 2012 (Yarra Valley)
Dandelion Vineyards “Fairytale of the Barossa” Rosé, 2011 (Barossa Valley)
Chant du Midi Rosé, 2010 (Provence, France)
Try one, or more, of these little beauties this summer and make sure you visit The Gourmet Belle website again soon to see which of these fabulous blush wines will be included in the Wine Circle’s Summer Gourmet Tasting Selection!!
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