Rosé is having a moment. The wine has long been misunderstood, ill-defined by sweet styles characterised by strawberries and cream. With summer knocking on the door, here are some cracking examples worthy of your attention this season.
Bondar 2017 – Grenache Rosé
Grenache has cemented itself as the unsung hero of McLaren Vale, showing a true affinity with the warm Mediterranean climate. The varietal couldn’t be in better hands; newcomers Bondar won “best new winery of the year” in James Halliday’s annual publication last year. The grenache comes from three different blocks. The fruit is picked early with the intention of retaining the grapes’ natural acidity and capturing the fresh aromatics the variety can offer. It’s salmon pink in colour with aromas of rose water, watermelon, cranberry, raspberry and pink peppercorns. Pair it with a seafood paella and settle in.
Source it at the Ed Cellars, East End Cellars, Parade Cellars and Hutt Street Cellars.
Fall From Grace – 2017 Montepulciano Rosato
Fall From Grace winemaker Gill Gordon-Smith has just about done it all. Her efforts in the industry recently saw her take home the honours of Best Wine Educator and Wine Communicator of the Year nationally. Her montepulciano rosé is a great example of just how good this category of wines can be. After spending 12 hours on skins it’s fermented in-barrel, resulting in plenty of texture and savouriness.
It’s currently pouring at some of Adelaide’s best – Orana, Blackwood and Mother Vine.
Chaffey Bros – Not Your Grandma’s Rosé
When winemaker Daniel Chaffey Hartwig’s wife urged him to make a rosé, he was uninspired by the examples on the market. Straying from the ubiquitous sweeter styles of the past, as the name suggests, he and co-winemaker Theo Engela got creative. They’ve added a touch of their white blend – a mix of riesling, gewürztraminer and kerner – to a foundation of grenache and mourvedre, bringing some complexity and texture to the wine. Lifted aromatics of strawberry, musk, Turkish delight and pomegranate draw you in immediately. To taste, it’s pleasantly dry with some crisp natural acidity, and refreshing on the palate.
Pick up a bottle at East End Cellars, Belair Fine Wines, Stirling Cellars, Sip n Save Cellars, Thirsty Camel, Vintage Cellars and Liquor Land.
BK Wines – 2017 Rosé
BK Wines’ Brendon Keys has won a legion of fans for his impressive range of lo-fi juice. Key describes them as “low-tech wines made in a high-tech world” – a reflection of his hands-off approach. The rosé is 100 per cent hand-picked Adelaide Hills pinot noir. It’s wild fermented (from naturally occurring yeast, rather than added yeast) before sitting in oak for four months. A perfect rosé to knock back poolside this summer, its sheer drinkability is complemented by notes of alpine strawberries, cranberry and peony flowers with a herbal, amaro twist in the mix, too.
Stockists include Parade Cellars, East End Cellars, The Ed Cellars, Stirling Cellars and Crafers Hotel.
Alpha Box & Dice – Pink Matter Rosé
AB&D has spoiled us with its gorgeous packaging and creative winemaking for years now. But, surprisingly, this is its first foray into the world of rosé. True to AB&D style, its method is a little outside the norm of typical rosé production (red fruit removed from skins earlier). Instead, chardonnay grapes are passed over pressed grenache skins. Winemaker Sam Berketa says the best rosés are “dry, light in colour, playful and fresh”, and he’s achieved just that.
Grab yourself a bottle at the Kings Head, East End Cellars, the Austral or Parafield Airport Liquor Store.