It’s time to give rosé the respect it deserves. That’s why sommelier Liinaa Berry is launching an unconventional event dedicated to the variety.
“It can be a serious wine,” says Berry. “It is easy to drink, pairs well with most food, and can be incredibly complex and even long-lived.
“There are so many interesting wines being made from all corners of the planet and it is not always easy for consumers to keep up.”
She hopes 15 Shades Of Rosé, held at rooftop bar 2KW, will educate wine consumers and break down a few misconceptions in the process. “Rosé is not just still wine, it is sparkling wine, too.”
An encounter with a surprising drop can be a memorable experience. In her role managing The Crafers Hotel, Berry sees and tastes it all. The wine room boasts more than 2000 bottles, some with a price tag topping $10,000. That’s why she was surprised when an encounter with a Sancerre Rosé 2015 from French producer Francois Cotat floored her. “I was allocated only six bottles,” she says. “It is rare and the sort of rosé you can actually cellar for more than five years. It is a true terroir wine and develops intense complexity over the years. Rosé can really vary from sweet, fruity, exotic to savoury and mineral-y. That Sancerre was all of that at the same time: layers after layers.”
Rosé from Mount Etna in Sicily, Rioja in Spain, Piedmont in northern Italy and Sancerre and Bandol in France will be on show at the event, which is held on February 17. South Australian producers will also pour the fruits of their labour: Steve Crawford will bring his Frederick Stevenson Wines rosato, and Jono Koerner will pour textural Clare Valley Tiver rosé. “Koen Janssens from the quirky Yetti and the Kokonut will add his funk, too,” Berry says. “Some of my favourite distributors will splash around the international stuff. [It’s] the younger generation of winemakers, the minimum interventionists, the vibrant and the sophisticated – all in one party.”
Locally, Berry rates BK Wines’ pinot rosé 2017, the Ochota Barrels Hello Morning rosé 2017, Ngeringa Estate’s uncultured pet nat 2017, and Honeymoon Vineyard sparkling rosé 2013. “All from the Adelaide Hills,” she says.
“[Barossa-based winemaker] Tom Shobbrook also does a syrah (The Poolside 2017) that is super light; it can pass as rosé and is delicious.”
In addition to booze, the ticket price includes a Mediterranean food offering and beats by Skin Contact DJs. “I can imagine the [2KW] deck turning into a dance floor. We have tonnes of rosé to drink. People are looking out for this fresh energy, and the way we now learn about wine is going to new levels.”
15 Shades Of Rosé is on Saturday February 17 at 2KW from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets are $99.