Rose is to wines what summer is to a year – it’s always closely related with bunch of memories of warm summer sunshine and cool gatherings with friends and family. Similar to white and red wines, rose has its own aroma, taste and style. So, what do we really know about Australian rose wine? Before start with anything else, lets see how rose wines are made and how they achieve their beautiful colour.
When pressed, all grapes produce a light coloured liquid. In order for red wines to achieve their structure, tannins, body and dark colour, the juice need to be left in contact with the skins of the grape for a certain period of time. This process is know as maceration. Rose wines work on the same principle too with the difference they have a limited amount of time (usually no more than 72 hours) in contact with the skins. Enough to give them distinctive flavour and desired colour.
Same as any rose, Australian rose wine can be made from any wine grape, both white and red and the varietal will impart its unique colour, aroma and flavour. Rose wine can be referred to by few various names, including rosato (Italian), rosado (Spanish), blush and pink.
Rose wines are made worldwide with different grape varietals, including Syraz, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Zinfandel, to name few. Each grape has unique aroma and taste, which is imparted to the wine during the process of maceration. Colours can range from rich and deep purple to light salmon. The sweetness can be attributed to many things, like relative alcohol levels, residual sugar, tannins or acid. The more residual sugar, the sweeter the wine.
If you are looking for acidic and sweet wine, then look for rose made with Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Zinfandel. This wine taste and smell of hibiscus, melon and strawberry. Dry rose wine can be complex and delightfully deep when produced with grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syraz. These grapes express aromas of rose petals and summer berries with tastes ranging from stone fruit and rhubarb.
Rose is all about welcoming a new season and freshness, so it is the perfect served alongside fresh seasonal products or while dinning al fresco. A refreshing and bright Australian rose wine is great with sweet and delicate watermelon salad with fresh basil, soft burrata cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. You can also enjoy a dry and savory rose with fresh, beautiful asparagus wrapped in salty prosciutto. When it comes to rose, do not be afraid to experiment, especially on the grill.