The Rise of French-Style Rosé in Australia

Aussies love Rosé.

But it wasn’t always the case. In Australia, Rosé wine was often sniffed at for its candy-like colour and sickly sweet characteristics. This forced winemakers to look elsewhere for inspiration, namely Europe, aiming to replicate a more pale, delicate, dry and delicious style.

This classic French style is both refreshing and delicious, making it an excellent anytime wine that thrives as a food-friendly drop during the summer heat. Take a bottle to the beach, a backyard barbeque or just replace your favourite Shiraz or Merlot with a few bottles until the weather cools down.

For a bit of background, Rosé shot to fame in 19th century France and was also popular in Spain and Portugal before arriving in Australia shortly after. Rosé incorporates some but not much of the colour from the grape skins, which is why it possesses lighter shades ranging from a pale white to a vivid near-purple. Rosé can be made into still wine. Semi-sparkling and sparkling and ranges from dry through to sweet.

In Australia, Rosé is often made from the red grapes Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Grenache creating a broad flavour profile that varies from bottle to bottle. You might find notes of cherry, raspberry, white pepper, charcuterie, lemon and lime, watermelon and more across both the aroma and flavour profile.

The sheer drinkability of Rosé along with how great it is on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon on a 30+ degree summer day are some of the reasons it’s immensely popular in Australia among wine drinkers. It’s also a great entry point for white wine or beer drinkers looking to try a red.

jacobs creek le petit rose

One of Australia’s best examples is the Le Petit Rose from Jacob’s Creek. This award-winner is fresh and delicate, showcasing the modern Australian approach to the light wine with premium fruit from selected blocks of Pinot Noir, Grenache and Mataro.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Pale rose petals.
Aromas: The aromatic nose shows red currant and spice.
On the palate: Restrained and well balanced, the dry taste is savoury and chalky, with vibrant fruit flavours.
Food pairing: A variety of light savoury dishes, from charcuterie, quiche or souffle to seafood, salad and pasta.

The other great thing about this Jacob’s Creek drop is that it’s highly affordable. You can grab a bottle or three from all good liquor stores for around $15.

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