- The ever-popular rosé appears in many variations around the world. Local rosé-makers used to favour sweeter wines and longer maceration periods to create deep pink hues, but there has since been a resurgence of dry rosé. Winemakers across the country are combining home-grown varieties with Old World techniques to create uniquely Australian styles. Try these four great examples.
2019 De Bortoli La Bohème Act Two Dry Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Rosé
This dry rosé has a subtle, pale-salmon colour in the glass. Produced from predominantly pinot noir grapes, it offers primary aromas of red summer berries. True to its Provencal muse, the palate remains savoury and textural, with a creamy persistence to follow.
2018 Squitchy Lane Yarra Valley Rosé
Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed, this rosé is made from a near-even split of cabernet franc and merlot grapes. Very pale, with the merest suggestion of colour, you’ll note lifted aromas of summer berries but with a Bordeaux-inspired leafiness. Spicy, vibrant and with just a hint of rosewater, the wine finishes with a crunch of dryness, allowing it to remain suitably refreshing.
2019 Medhurst Estate Vineyard Yarra Valley Rosé
A shiraz and cabernet sauvignon blend, this rosé is a brilliant, blushing-salmon hue. The wine is immediately aromatic, with a heady perfume of jasmine blossom and wild strawberry. The palate is similarly flavoursome, yet remains silky and detailed. There is a fine, chalky mouth-feel indicative of the grey-brown loam soils the fruit was grown in.
2019 Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Rosé
This grenache rosé is light, crisp and beautifully aromatic. Pale-salmon pink in hue, a red cherry bouquet sets the scene for a wholly seductive palate to follow. Expect hints of fairy floss that delight rather than overpower, finishing as bright as a spring day. Best served chilled.
RRP $21.95 | Drink to 2021 | debortoli.com.au
RRP $25 | Drink to 2020 | squitchylane.com.au
RRP $25 | Drink to 2024 | medhurst.com.au
RRP $22 | Drink to 2021 | turkeyflat.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.