Who said rosé was purely a summer wine?
Yes, it’s lovely to enjoy a chilled glass of pink on a warm, sunny day but you can still totally enjoy rosé in winter.
My first tip is to take the wine out of the fridge and allow the temperature to come up a little.
I’ve never been a fan of ice cold wine, because – to me – it just tastes like cold. It’s the ultimate way to mask the true flavours of a wine. So take your bottle of rosé out of the fridge, say 20 minutes before you intend to drink it. If it becomes too warm, pop it in an ice bucket.
Another great way to enjoy rosé in winter is to pair it with food.
The key here is to up the warmth in your food and you will have a wine and food match made in heaven. Asian or Spanish cuisines work really well, as do spicy and seafood dishes.
Here are a few suggestions…
Winter rosé wine and food pairings
- Ginger, honey and lemon pork stir-fry
- Thai fish cakes
- Grilled snapper with roast capsicum and olive salsa
- Truffled mushroom soup
- Smoked salmon pizza
- Roasted pumpkin and ginger soup
- Steamed mussels with tomato and garlic broth
- No 1 toasted cheese sandwich
- Chilli lime baked salmon in foil
- Roast beetroot and goat’s cheese risotto with thyme dressing
- Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes
Turkey Flat 2016 Rosé (Barossa Valley, SA) $20
What they say: “We create the lifted palate of bright, primary fruits by placing rosey-cheeked Grenache in its starring role. The considered additions of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mataro add tannin and intriguing elements of spice and herbaceousness that have come to be this wine’s hallmark. Our 2016 Rosé is sophisticated and generous on the palate. Pale guava in colour with a body full of fresh peach, tangerine peel and a light touch of strawberry. Supple in texture with purity on the finish. Delightful, playful and stunning in the sunshine.”
What I say: This is an easy drinking wine with just the right amount of sweetness without being sickly. It’s long been a favourite of mine.
ArtWine The Temptress Rosé (Adelaide Hills, SA) $20
What they say: “A delicious dry rose made from our estate grown Tempranillo. Be “tempted” with the aromas of strawberries and florals on the nose that lead to subtle savoury characteristics, luscious berries and a touch of spice ending with a dry finish. Exuding a delicious nose of strawberries and cream that lead to savoury characteristics and a touch of spice ending dry – a perfect accompaniment to food. We make this wine to a European style.”
What I say: A light, dry style wine that can be enjoyed on its own or with food.
Chandon Brut Rosé NV (Yarra Valley, Victoria) $24.95
What they say: “The colour is reminiscent of pink peach skin with vibrant rose gold to light bronze hues. Fresh ripe black cherries, citrus and stone fruit notes dominate the nose, complemented by freshly baked pie crust aromas from 18 months of yeast age. The entry is gentle and creamy with mouth-filling stone fruits, strawberry and vanilla ice cream characters. Soft citrus tones keep the palate fresh and balanced. The inclusion of a little red pinot noir base wine in the assemblage provides an extra layer of complexity, additional richness and persistence to the dry, crisp finish.”
What I say: You can never go wrong with pink bubbles! I recently brought along a bottle of this to dinner at a Thai restaurant and it worked perfectly with the food.
La Prova Aglianico Rosato (Adelaide Hills, SA) $25
What they say: “Aglianico, native to Campania in Italy, is grown at Kersbrook, in the northern Adelaide Hills. Kersbrook is one of the warmest parts of the Hills and so lends itself to these Southern Italian varieties so well. Grown and picked early specifically to make Rosato. Pale cherry hue. A dry, textural and savoury Rosato. Rosewater and bright red berries. A succulent palate, soft acidity and a little phenolic grip to enhance the finish.”
What I say: I discovered this wine this past summer and enjoyed its fresh, light and soft features. Very easy drinking.
Domaine de Triennes Rosé (Provence, France) $26.99
What they say: “Principally Cinsault, blended with Grenache, Syrah and Merlot. Harvested at night so that the grapes are cool upon arrival in the winery. Pressed after a few hours of skin contact. Fermented at low temperature until dry. This wine has a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers with hints of vanilla. It has the harmony and elegance that has earned world-wide appreciation of the Rosés of Provence. Triennes Rosé is the perfect accompaniment to a sunny summer afternoon.”
What I say: This is such a beautiful, dainty wine. Very delicate flavours that make it enjoyable on its own or with a light meal.