I have to admit, I have under-appreciated rosé wine over the years. It’s not that I don’t like pink or anything (in fact it’s my favourite colour), or that I have preconceptions that all rosé is sweet (by the way this is so not right, dry rosé is alive and kicking) I just tend to skip right over it. It’s rude of me I know. So I have been making up for it this year and giving rosé the attention it deserves.
Firstly I want to say a big thanks to Vine Collective who sent me a sample Summer Rosé 6-pack recently. The 6-pack included a boutique selection of WA rosés of varying styles and tastes and retails for $137. It wasn’t until I drank my way through the 6 bottles that I understood how versatile rosé is as a style of wine (and yes I admit life looked a lot better through those rose-coloured glasses!). It actually provoked me to write a rather in-depth blog post dedicated to exploring the rosé topic further.
VineCollective.com.au sell wine online via various mixed case deals. All wines are hand-selected and aim to evoke wonderful reactions from your taste buds.
All the wines in the 6-pack were awesome for different reasons. As I mentioned they all have their own special uniqueness and they should be celebrated for this. So without further ado, here are 6 totally awesome WA rosés you should get your lips around asap:
I received this bottle of Marq 2015 ‘Serious’ Rosé as part of the Summer Rosé 6 Pack thanks to Vine Collective. It’s made from Grenache grapes in a South of France/Provence rosé style (fresh, crisp, bright, dry and food friendly!). It’s a pale pink highlighter colour on the eye. The nose reminds me of freshly cut strawberries, lychees and a touch of rose water. It’s a very distinct and memorable nose if you ask me. On the palate it’s dry, full of juicy crisp fruit flavours and absolutely quenches the thirst. This is definitely a wine you go back for more with! All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Don’t forget, wine is subjective.
I received this bottle of Talisman 2015 ‘Arida’ Rosé as part of the Summer Rosé 6 Pack thanks to Vine Collective. It’s a blood orange colour on the eye with bright, fresh red fruits on the nose and a touch of mint and lemon zest. The palate reflects the nose with pronounced strawberry flavours. It’s a fun, flirty and extremely thirst quenching rosé. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Don’t forget, wine is subjective.
This rosé is a blend of equal parts of Shiraz & Cabernet grapes grown in the Porongurups in the Great Southern. I received this bottle as part of the Summer Rosé 6 Pack thanks to @vinecollective On the eye it’s an attractive light peachy-pink colour. Aromas of icing sugar dusted berries, citrus and almond flakes awaken the senses for me. The palate is hugely approachable with raspberries and lemon curd dominating. It’s dry, refreshing and maybe just a little bit intoxicating! The finish on this rosé leaves me salivating for more. Top notch aftertaste for sure! Don’t forget, wine is subjective!
I have to admit I’ve indulged in a few Deep Woods vinos in the past and we actually visited their cellar door in the Margaret River last year with its beautiful views! The 2015 Harmony Rosé made from Shiraz & Tempranillo grapes is a peachy pink colour on the eye. The nose is rather grassy with a decent acidity kick of cranberries and citrus. On the palate it nearly went down without touching the sides! Easy drinking with pretty red fruit flavours and a dominance of fresh strawberries in the midst of summer. It’s one of those wines I’m sure I could serve up an array of people with different palates and they’d enjoy – the rosé crowd pleaser. I received this bottle as part of the Summer Rosé 6 Pack thanks to Vine Collective. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Don’t forget, wine is subjective.
I haven’t come across Paul Nelson before so this bottle of 2015 ‘Mason Madeleine’ rosé made from Mourvèdre & Grenache grapes (sourced from WA’s Ferguson Valley) really intrigued me. On the eye it’s a gorgeous rose gold colour with lemongrass, watermelon and lychee on the nose. Those similar flavours come through on the palate with a well-structured and elegantly balanced character. It finishes on a lovely savoury note with hints of grilled oranges. The bottle run out way too soon! I received this bottle as part of the Summer Rosé 6 Pack thanks to Vine Collective. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Don’t forget, wine is subjective.
Firstly, this is a very cool label from the Express Winemakers! Now what’s inside is pretty cool too… This rosé is a peach colour with lively pink highlights through it. On the whiffer I pick up yeasty pizza dough aromas with underlying raspberry and pink grapefruit. The palate has sweet fruits up front but then turns very savoury on the mid-back palate. It has a creamy mouthfeel with lively, toasty acidity that wakes up the senses. Flavours of cranberries, orange peel and tea leaves stick out to my taste buds. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Don’t forget, wine is subjective!
Make sure you check out these awesome pink tipples soon!