Tickled Pink

Tony Cox uncorks his favourite roses to have you tickled pink this summer.

by @tonycox on Friday, 11 Dec, 2015

The members of the Rose Liberation Alliance, who use to run subversively through the back laneways of Melbourne shouting ‘Viva la Resistance’, have shown that given time anyone can make an accurate prediction and that one day rose would assume its rightful place as a popular drink in Australia.

The last few years have seen the wishes of the Rose Liberation Alliance come to fruition, with pink wines in all their different shades, pale salmon to deep crimson and everywhere in between, ride an amazing wave of popularity.

Which wine is more suited to an Australian summer, more versatile across a range of foods and just downright gluggable than good rose?

The trend has been away from sweet rose to rose that is lighter bodied and generally lighter coloured. While we are at it don’t forget rose bubbles.

Let’s start with a couple of sparkling roses.

The first is the NV Jansz Rose from Pipers River in Northern Tasmania. Very pale in colour with rose petal aromatics, the palate features red fruits and a creamy mid-palate before a persistent clean close $25-$30. Break out the smoked salmon.

The second sparkles goes straight to the penthouse, that being the 2006 Pol Roger Vintage Rose. This wine features 50% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay and 15% Coteaux Champenois rouge which is still pinot noir added to the wine prior to the second fermentation taking place. It features vibrant red fruits and berries on the nose which are evident on the palate. The finish is long with the chardonnay component adding a slight citric element. Designed to age, you could do worse than use this to wash down a few morsels of duck $165-$170.

Let’s duck back to the stills and to a cheeky little Grenache rose from the Barossa. Before you say we don’t want sweet rose, the 2015 Rogers & Rufus Grenache rose is very pale and light bodied features less of the pronounced red fruits normally associated with Grenache but more of that spice/pepper flavours and a gentle tannin finish. Some prawn sangas or bread rolls on Boxing Day down by the Noosa River sounds perfect as the cricket scheduling has made the traditional MCG test not as captivating as previous seasons $24-$29.

There’s a few drinking ideas as seen through my rose coloured glasses, may the Festive Season be kind for all of you. Cheers & good drinking.

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