Please note some of these wines I was sent as samples and some links in this article are affiliate links. As always all opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
Have you heard about Prosecco Rosé? It’s pink, it’s sparkling and my goodness it’s bloody delicious! I am including both authentic Italian Prosecco Rosés and home-grown Australian Prosecco Rosés in this post for your tasting pleasures.
It was only in mid-2020 when the Italian government actually approved the production of Prosecco Rosé when they allowed the use of Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) in Prosecco. Up until this point, winemakers were only allowed to make Prosecco from the traditional grape – Glera.
Under the new rules, winemakers can now add 10-15% Pinot Noir into the blend to create a pink Prosecco. Plus any sparkling labelled Prosecco must also adhere to the following rules:
- Maximum yields of 12 tonnes/ha for Glera and 13.5 tonnes/ha for Pinot Noir
- Produced only in a Brut Nature or Extra Dry style
- Second fermentation – Martinotti/Charmat Method: minimum of 60 days
- The label must state the word “Millesimato” and the vintage (85% of the grapes in the blend must be from that year
In Australia the rules are not so stringent however at the end of the day, I am sure most of you are like me and are simply after a pink prosecco that simply tastes good. So here are 5 I have come across (so far, I am going to add to this post as I find more!):
6Ft6 Prosecco Rosé
This local Aussie beauty was only released in October 2021. It’s following in the footsteps of it’s big sister – the 6Ft6 Prosecco (which interestingly enough is closed with a screw cap instead of a cork). The 6Ft6 Prosecco Rosé is made from King Valley fruit in Victoria and it’s also vegan friendly.
It’s drier than you imagine for a Prosecco and it’s full of delicious red summer berry fruits like fresh strawberries and raspberries.
BABO Prosecco Rosé DOC 2019 – Italy
The lovely folks at BABO kindly sent me this sample of their 2019 Prosecco Rose DOC to try. It was my very first sip of an authentic Italian Prosecco Rosé and its one of the first to be available in Australia (I am sure many more will be on the way!)
- Vintage: 2019
- Region: San Martino al Tagliamento (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy)
- Grape Varieties: 89% Glera and 11% Pinot Noir
- Method: Charmat Method
- Alcohol: 11.5%
- Price: $28 via the BABO Wines website
After secondary fermentation, the wine remained on lees to build further complexity. It is also a vegan friendly wine.
Mr. Spittoon and I loved it! It’s a gorgeous pearly-peach colour in the glass with an elegant perfume of citrus, stonefruit and raspberries & cream. In the mouth it’s super smooth and absolutely moreish. I could easily drink this Prosecco Rosé at any time of the day. Being fairly light in alcohol (11.5%), it would make a fantastic breakfast or brunch bubbly in my opinion.
I will definitely be drinking this one again!
Brown Brothers Prosecco Rosé Limited Edition
There’s no denying I’m a bit of a girly girl and I love a bit of pink. Hence why this bottle of Brown Brothers Winery Rosé Prosecco jumped out at me. We cracked this for Rosé Day to have with our platter dinner. For a Tuesday night, it was pretty darn good!
This special edition bottle was designed in collaboration with the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles.
In the glass, it’s a pale pinky-peach colour with dreamy bubbles. On the nose, it’s a mix of orange zest, strawberry jam on scones and a hint of juicy watermelon. While in the mouth it’s dry and smooth with fresh red berries and green apple. We both really enjoyed this pink prosecco for a cost-effective $16 from Dan Murphys.
Calneggia Prosecco Rosé DOC 2019 – Italy
Grape Variety: 90% Glera and 10% Pinot Noir
Region: DOC Prosecco area in northeast Italy
Cellar: Drink now
Price: $30 via cfvwine.com.au
I am pretty sure I was in love right from the first drop into my glass. It’s such a pretty coral colour. On the nose, think fresh raspberries and strawberries with a wonderful refreshing lick of lemon peel. While in the mouth it’s wonderfully dry with those red berry and citrus notes flowing through. Easy drinking, crisp and darn right yummy.
De Bortoli Prosecco Rosé
It sits at 11.5% abv, is vegan friendly and is made from the classic Prosecco grape Glera with a small addition of Pinot Noir to give it that lovely pink diamond colour. It retails for $18 and the team at De Bortoli also suggest adding it to some pink or orange gin for a fun spritzy summer drink.
I found it quite light and delicate in nature with lemon citrus, crunchy apple, creamy pear and plenty of loved up vibes flowing through the palate. A true pleasure to drink and enjoy.