You say you want a revolution…how about a rose coloured one?
Today (10 November) is Rosé Revolution day! And it’s all about celebrating the drier more ‘grown-up’ style of rosé wine. Accordingly, I thought it was high time I reviewed a couple of pink wines (I always forget to take notes when drinking rosé as it is usually imbibed in copious amounts with friends and share plates in the summer sun – very distracting).
I seem to have a real penchant for the ‘European style’ barrel fermented rosés. They are (typically) a little more complex; layered and textural with a dry palate and finish. Two of my favourite wines made in this style are:
2010 Darling Park Rosé (Mornington Peninsula) made from Pinot Noir and boasting rosé’s characteristic strawberries and cream aromas. This carries through to the soft palate and is underscored by a satisfying savouriness.
2010 Mistletoe Barrel Fermented Rosé (Hunter Valley) produced in warmer climes from the fruitier and fuller Shiraz grape. Accordingly, it is a little weightier and more fruit forward (chiefly juicy red fruit), though still quite dry on the palate. A lot of complexity here.
Another perennial favourite (though not barrel fermented) is the (2011) Dominique Portet Fontaine Rosé from Yarra Valley. From the packaging to the palate, this is quite a sophisticated blush-coloured wine that really is for grown-ups! Made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, it is clean and crisp, full of spicy cherries and (you guessed it) finishes bone dry…so you are left wanting more!
Rosé is such a versatile wine. It is easy to drink (or quaff) on its own, but it is also easy to match with a range of foods (perfect for the Aussie summer BBQ). I particularly like pinot noir rosés with food. I remember once stumbling onto the sublime match of pinot noir rosé (I think it was the Dominique Portet…) with kangaroo – served simply with a beetroot, spinach and fetta salad. Simply amazing. If you aren’t a kanga fan, try rosé with grilled salmon….yum!
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