Best Rose Wines For Summer
Ahh, Rosé! How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Judging by the incredible sales of Rosé wine in Australia, Aussie’s just can’t get enough. And there are plenty of reasons why.
When it comes to summer beverages, few wines hit the spot quite like refreshing, fun, and downright delicious Australian Rosés. Besides being versatile companions to a wide range of dishes and cuisines, their dry, easy-drinking nature makes them perfect accompaniments to just about any occasion – and those moreish flavours just keep calling you back.
With the current popularity of Rosé and the number of wineries in Australia now making it, our expert Tasting Panel had their work cut out for them when choosing the best Australian Rosé wines for their Best of the Best 2022 Rosé Dozen. But they rose (pardon the pun) to the challenge compiling a collection that is simply bursting with the beauty and quality we’ve all come to expect in the best Rosé wines in Australia.
So, which Rosé wine is the best? Included in our Best of the Best 2022 Rosé Dozen, these are THE Rosé wines you need this summer!
Fruit was estate-grown and hand-picked, and the wine was whole bunch pressed with minimal skin contact and 30% barrel fermented to give texture and complexity. It’s bright and vibrant with a very long and juicy core of pink and red fruit, underlying notes of dried herb and orange zest, subtle savoury elements, and deliciously fresh acidity to balance.
This is an organic expression made by Aaron Mercer, who spent many years perfecting his craft at Tamburlaine. It delivers a crisp and tangy entry with a rich mix of red berry fruit flavours, showing restraint yet intensity, mouth-watering acidity, and a dry, savoury finish.
Aptly named, this Gold medal-winning Rosé was made with made with 100% Grenache fruit from an old single vineyard site in Berri, Riverland South Australia. It’s full of glossy, satiny fruits giving terrific umami and length, running thorough raspberry, cherry and rose petal, with jubey mouth-filling balance.
Wine industry veteran Steve Wiblin used premium Clare Valley fruit to craft this small-batch Rosé. It’s light-bodied, bright, and juicy with a fine mix of blood plum and redcurrant, attractive savoury elements, and mouth-watering acidity. Absolutely delicious!
NICK SPENCER WINES ROSÉ 2022
Nick Spencer has nailed the modern Rosé brief with a blend of Grenache, Sangiovese and Merlot sourced from the Hilltops in NSW. It’s mouth-watering from start to finish with a savoury mix of cranberry berry and ruby grapefruit, beautifully bright acidity and a delicate yet refreshing finish. Superb.
Jackson's Hill have a well-established Cabernet Franc vineyard at their home in the Hunter where they sourced the fruit for this lip-smacking Rosé. It’s fabulously fresh and clean, with hints of white and red cherry, raspberry, cranberry and watermelon, a layer of pink salt and sherbet, drying crunchy acidity, and an elegant finish.
For more information on Rosé, including where it originated, how it’s made, and the different styles of Rosé available, check out our What is Rosé? article, plus if you don’t know already there’s also 12 Reasons to Love Rosé.
And, for even more summer Rosé fun, why not chill out with an icy treat – our best Frosé recipe. Enjoy!