The rise of rosé

October 20, 2016

The rise of rosé

Will rosé be your new favourite drop this summer?

Rosé is more than just a passing trend. In recent years it has lost its lolly water-like stigma and has really developed as a style. With winemakers taking it more seriously and more people choosing to revisit it, rosé has become the must have wine of summer.

Rosé is such a versatile food wine and is the perfect accompaniment to summer dishes that benefit from light bodied wines.

Australian rosé producers are taking inspiration from France, with an increased trend towards producing lightly hued, savoury, dry and flinty styles of rosé similar to the popular styles from Provence. These styles are perfect for enjoying with summer foods, like tomato salads, olives,salumi and seafood fresh off the barbecue.

To help you navigate your way through the ever growing choice of rosé available, we asked Ben Preston, Sommelier at Taxi Kitchen for his top three picks this season.

Chalmers Rosato Aglianico $25

Chalmers has selected some of Heathcote’s best red Italian varietals for this beautiful fresh, dry and aromatic rosé. Soft salmon in color and with a touch of barrel ferment the wine has generous palate weight which matches all Mediterranean flavors.

De Bortoli ‘La Boheme’ Act 2 Rosé $20

The team at De Bortoli has used 100% Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, to create a rosé with a delicious backbone of strawberries and cream, rose petal with great texture. Affordable for every day drinking with fish & chips.

Curly Flat White Pinot $26

From Victoria’s coolest wine region comes something a little different; Curly Flat White Pinot. All incredibly delicate Pinot Noir with a soft & subtle palate showing of raspberries, cassis and strawberries, rounded out with great acidity and freshness.

Which glass you ask? Rosé is best served in Plumm WHITEa to retain the delicate aromatics on the nose and accentuate the fresh, zingy acidity on the palate.