From a dry pinot noir to a sweet white zinfandel, Aussie Rose is extremely diverse and adaptable enough to suit just about any occasion.
As spring is back in the air and the days are getting longer, there has never been a better time to drink pink!
The Wine Pig sends a big congratulations to all the winemakers and their wines that made our ‘top favorites’ list.
For the Rose wine lover in all of us.
TarraWarra Estate, Yarra Valley – 2015 Pinot Noir Rose
TarraWarra Estate’s beautiful blush Pinot Noir Rose is one of our favorite go-to’s. It’s deliciously fresh, dry and packed full of succulent strawberry notes. It’s definitely worth stocking up your fridge with this beauty in time for the warmer evenings!
Mount Pleasant Estate, Hunter Valley – 2015 ‘Singing in the Rain’ Rose
Picked early, specifically to make a rose, rather than using the juice that has been run off reds as an afterthought, gives this wine a huge amount of its character. The Shiraz-based wine is pale salmon pink in colour has earthy and slightly floral undertones but with a powerfully juicy red berry finish. Delicious!
James Estate, Hunter Valley – 2014 Reserve Ben Braggie Vineyard Rose
Using perfectly ripe Cabernet Franc, James Estate ran the juice straight out of the skins to ensure they made a light, fresh style of Rose. And wow, did it work! It’s dry and fresh but beautifully balanced with lashings of notes which scream strawberries and cream. Definitely get this one on your shopping list!
Mr Mick, Clare Valley – 2016 Rose
Made from Sangiovese grapes, Mr Mick’s latest Rose is impressively fresh and delicious with lots of fruit – apple, raspberry and red cherry – to make a bright and cleansing wine with a dry finish. It’s dangerously drinkable and perfect for any occasion, with or without food!
Spinifex, Barossa Valley – 2015 Rose
Made from Grenache (52%), Cinsault (30 %), Mataro (14%) and Ugni blanc (4%), this pink wine is much more fragrant and fleshy. It’s super dry and savory with a oaky hint, making it stand out from all the rest. Anyone who doesn’t believe that Australia can produce a good Rose needs to drink a glass of this ASAP!
The lamb is in the oven, the Easter egg hunt has been set up, and now onto the most important part of the day: what to drink.
To help you on your way, The Wine Pig has put together a list of wines which should be gracing your dinner table this Easter weekend.
Mayfield Vineyard, Orange – 2009 Pinot Noir Chardonnay sparkling We should all start off the Easter weekend with a glass of bubbles.
And this one is up there with the best.
It has a soft berry-ish taste, which probably explains the slight pink-orange tinge. YUM. It’s a wonder they have any stock left! Petersons House, Hunter Valley – pink blush rose If pink is more your flavour, look no further than the Petersons Blush.
The soft bubbles and pale pink colour, combined with the slightly sweet but very fresh finish makes this wine a perfect pre-dinner celebration drink to share with friends, if you are feeling generous enough to share that is.
LOWE Wines, Mudgee – ‘Bobby Lowe’ organic sparkling merlot For something a little different, definitely look for a great deep red sparkling to compliment all that lamb.
This is a perfect smooth and earthy sparkling red wine, also with the added benefit of being organic.
LOWE has made sure the wine has a low sugar level, meaning it’s really quite dry and fruity and lovers of ‘big’ reds will be excited to have a red sparkling with a bit more umpf.
Voyager Estate, Margaret River – 2014 Chenin Blanc
We all know lamb is the Easter dish of choice, so for those who aren’t ready to tackle a rich and bold red wine, a great Chenin Blanc should be on your list.
Voyager Estate have done a great job with this very easy drinking, early Chenin Blanc.
It’s got all the succulent and juicy tropical flavours with a hint of great sweetness while also being a fine full bodied white wine which is robust enough to stand up against all that meat.
Mount Pleasant, Hunter Valley – Singing in the Rain Rose
Picked early, specifically to make a rose, rather than using the juice that has been run off reds as an afterthought gives this wine a lot of its character. The Shiraz-based wine is pale salmon pink in colour has earthy and slightly floral undertones but with a powerfully juicy red berry finish. Perfect to enjoy with your Easter seafood entrée.
Two Hands, Barossa – Gnarly Dudes 2013 Shiraz For those looking for something a little more traditional to go with your Easter feast, definitely keep an eye out for this Two Hands wine.
This bold wine has a lovely medium but rich density and weight, which is full of flavour with ripe with berries, chocolate notes and a hint of smokiness.
This spiciness of this wine makes it worryingly and perfectly quaffable meaning we just can’t get enough of it in our mouths at once! Oink oink.
Pieter Van Gent, Mudgee – White Port
The original white port made in NSW’s Mudgee region, by the wonderful Pieter Van Gent, is smooth, silky and luscious with tinges of nectar notes. It is a fantastic accompaniment to your Easter chocolate desert feast, or simply with a hot cross bun on the side. It’s not too sticky, it’s not too sweet, it’s just right.
Josef Chromy, Tasmania – Ruby Pinot NV (Fortified)
If you’re looking to enjoy your Easter eggs with a more traditional style of port, then Josef Chromy’s Ruby Pinot is a great place to head to. It screams rich fruit cake with ripe and juicy dark cherry and plums. It’s silky, it’s vibrant and it’s delicious. Make sure to pour yourself a generous portion!
Petersons, Mudgee – Cellar Port NV
If something a little heavier is more to your taste, Petersons of Mudgee make a spectacular Tawny Port which can really truly be described as Christmas in a glass. Ok, so we’re nine months out from the silly season, but you can’t have Easter without an amazing port, and you wouldn’t find The Wine Pig’s dinner table without a bottle, and healthy glass, of this one. Heaven in a bottle.
Nothing quite says ‘Valentines Day’ like some Australian pink bubbly.
Whether it’s a relaxed evening in, or you’re off out to treat yourself, on your own, with friends or with a loved one, a glass (or bottle) of a great sparkling Rosé wine always adds that little extra sprinkle of romance which makes this day extra special.
If the pink bubbly deliciousness isn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, it has the added bonus of pairing perfectly with both fish and deliciously devilish rich and chocolaty deserts!
Here are our five favourite pink Aussie bubbles for this year’s Valentines Day.
Flamingo Sparkling Moscato Rosé
From South Australia’s Eden Valley region, this wonderfully balanced Moscato is fresh, fragrant and fruity which is qwirky and light enough to enjoy either on its own, over crushed ice or in a cocktail. Perfection in a fantastically decorated bottle. And absolute perfection celebrating this day of romance on a warm summer night. So so refreshing and a delight to drink.
Peterson’s House Pink Blush Sparkling
Fantastically light and incredibly pale pink in colour, Peterson’s has hit the pink bubbly nail on the head with their iconic blush sparkling wine. Grown in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley region, their version of the pink bubbly deliciousness is fruity but incredibly fresh with a hint of sweetness, making it perfect for a pre-dinner drink.
Jansz Brut Rosé
A non-vintage sparkling Rosé from Northern Tasmania, this wine is beautifully light in colour with a hit of strawberries and summer berries but finishes soft, silky and creamy – perfect for enjoying in the summer sunshine, perfect for sharing with a special someone, and very importantly, perfect with a huge platter of chocolate dipped strawberries.
Chandon Vintage Brut Rosé
A hallmark from the House of Chandon in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, this savory and salmon-coloured Vintage Brut Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which gives it a fabulously full favour without overwhelming the delicate strawberry notes and creamy finish. The added hint of spiced nuttiness is an extra little delight. Delicious!
House of Arras Rosé
If you’re after something a little more special, look no further than this Northern Tasmanian Pinot Noir Chardonnay blend from the iconic House of Arras. It’s light salmon pink in colour, sophisticated and powerfully rich while still retaining the crisp edge, light strawberry notes and well balanced acidy of a fantastic Rosé. Some people even call it the best Australian Rosé ever made – and you’d find it hard to argue with that!