Q. I love dry rosé. Can you tell from the colour if a rosé is going to be dry or sweet?
A. It used to be the case the paler the rosé the drier the wine, but these days most rosé is in the savoury, rather than sweet, spectrum. What you can tell from the colour of a rosé is its style.
Rosé gets its colour from the grape’s skin – after crushing the grapes, winemakers press off the juice when it reaches the colour and style they want.
The longer the juice is in contact with the skins, the darker the wine. Pale pink rosés are delicate and bright, while darker ones are more robust in flavour and body.
Wines to try this week:
- Mornington Peninsula; $28; 13%
- Enjoy with: Salami
- Score: 92/100
Made from shiraz and pinot noir – a 3:1 ratio – this is at the darker end of the rosé scale. It’s floral, smelling of strawberries and cream, and it has weighty flavours of strawberry, cherry and blood oranges.
It’s bone dry, racy and has a light tannic grip – just perfect for a charcuterie platter.
- Clare Valley; $25; 13%
- Enjoy with: Chicken liver parfait
- Score: 90/100
This is a collaboration between Jim Barry wines and Liquorland so it’s widely available. It’s a crowd-pleasing drop – it’s not a wine to sip and ponder over – and well-chilled on a hot day it goes down a treat.
Ripe strawberries and cream with a little honeysuckle are neatly balanced by a nice chalky grip and herbal kick on the finish.
- McLaren Vale; $25; 11.5%
- Enjoy with: Steak tartare
- Score: 92/100
Mencia comes from northern Spain, where it creates perfumed, juicy wines. The grape’s in its infancy in Australia but it should have a good future. There’s a distinct rosé petal aroma to its bouquet of cherry, raspberry and spice.
It’s all about the structure in the mouth – crisp and refreshing, with gentle berry and cherry flavours.
- Yarra Valley; $22; 12.5%
- Enjoy with: Roast pork
- Score: 95/100
It’s not labelled as a rosé, but it gets its pink blush from skin contact with the dark grapes. Winemaker Franco d’Anna says this wine is “out of the box”. It smells of blossom and stonefruit and comes alive in the mouth.
From the racy, fleshy apple and pear flavours to the balance and structure there is a lot to like.
We say: “One of the best wines I’ve tried all year.”
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