Until a couple of years ago I would very rarely stray towards Rosé on a wine list, mainly because I’d been burned a couple of times having ordered a couple of shockers. So many rosé’s of the past, particularly Aussie rosé’s, were overly fruity, sweet and lacked structure.
How times have changed!
Yeah, of course there is plenty of sweet rosé out there, and there always will be. If that’s the style of wine you like, go for it. Awesomely, now a lot of producers from Australia and the US are producing much drier styles of rosé that are full bodied, savoury with some really cool crunchy acidity. These wines are really making an impact on local wine consumers.
Making Rosé wine is more than just winemakers creating a ‘pretty’ drink – it’s actually a really interesting process, so I’d suggest checking out the TC’s Rosé Wine Guide.
Rosé wines are all different
One of the great things about rosé is that there is a massive amount of variation in flavours and styles. The style will vary depending on where the wine is from, what variety it’s produced from and how it is made. Is it a bone-dry savoury style from Provence? A sweet, supple white Zinfandel from the Napa? Maybe a fruit-forward dry style Spanish Rosado or a clean, crisp and refreshing rose from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria? They are all good, and they are all different so there is something for every wine drinker.
No, rosé is not “just for chicks”
Due to that fact that historically a lot of new world rosé was produced in a sweeter style, it has gained a perception that it’s a wine primarily for the ladies. Ummm, wrong!
Lads, if you want to look like a sophisticated wine king next time you go out on a date, order a rosé.
Good rosé doesn’t break the bank
Compared to many other varieties/styles in Australia, rosé is very affordable. Some of the best rosé in Australia will retail for somewhere between $20 and $30. Sure the French rosé’s from Provence will be a bit more costly but certainly nowhere near the cost of a grand cru Burgundy or Champagne.
Rosé is perfect for Australia’s climate
Time to put your usual tipple away; there is nothing better than sitting back on a hot summers’ day with a chilled glass of rosé in hand. It doesn’t matter if you are drinking it out of a plastic cup on the beach or sitting in the beer garden of a swanky wine bar, it’s the perfect summer drink.
Rosé can be used to make cocktails
Being a bit of a wine snob myself, I probably shouldn’t advocate this because I’m a strong believer that good rosé should be drunk as it is. The winemaker hasn’t put all that work into making the wine for us to ruin it by putting all sorts of weird and wonderful things into it. But hey, some people love it so it would be remiss of me not to mention it. The popularity of FRosé (Frozen Rosé) is simply too big to ignore – check out some FRosé recipes.
Other thank FRosé, here are a couple of other Rosé cocktail options that might be a bit of fun.
So, essentially we have now established that;
a) rose comes in a huge range of styles ranging from super sweet to bone dry
b) it’s a great summer drink
c) it’s affordable and
d) you will look like a sophisticated wine lord drinking it
On December the 16th, the Unfiltered Wine Club will be holding Australia’s biggest rosé dedicated wine tasting at the Perth Town hall. The event will be aptly name ‘Touche Rosé’ and will feature nearly 70 different rosé’s from Australia, France, Italy, Spain and the US. For only $69 all attendees will get free tastings, their very own vintage Plumm wine glass to take home and a glass of Deep Woods Rosé at the end of the tasting (which just won best rose at the Margaret river wine show).
Following the tasting, there will be a rosé bar with rosé-based cocktails, food vendors and a DJ to keep the vibe going late into the evening.
Get in quick to grab your ticket before they sell out.