Warm weather on the way and a perfect refreshing drink for spring & summer is a Rosé. The fan base is ever expanding and there are more wineries making Rosé from more red varieties than ever before. In Australia grapes such as Shiraz & Grenache seem to be firm favourites for their more complex flavours. A Rosato from Italy is more likely to be made from Sangiovese, Rosado from Spain Tempranillo. We are seeing those varieties being used here in Australia amongst others. Red fruit and luscious berry flavours in a lighter style, served chilled and drunk while still young and vibrant are now a popular choice. The move away from the sweet styles of old has also added to their appeal.
Ripe, red grapes are pressed, the juice is left in contact with the skins for a short while so the wines acquire colour but not all the tannins generally associated with skins. Depending on the timing the colour can range from a subtle blush to more vibrant hues. Made in sweet, off dry and bone dry styles, marketers need to look at defining the style on the label as consumers continue to discover these summer alternatives to red wine varietals
Rosés versatility also makes it a perfect food wine and its lighter body and delicate flavours make it a great wine for a picnic – from salads to burgers, chips to chicken they can be a perfect accompaniment. Fresh and aromatic they can be matched with pizza and pasta or served with appetizers. Can be a match with Thai food, and can be equally at home at the backyard barbecue . The majority of Rosé wines offer good value for money so “think pink” and try a few over the coming warmer months.