When it comes to summer refreshment, few wines hit the spot quite like a good bottle of Rosé. Besides being a versatile companion to a wide range of dishes and cuisines, its dry, easy-drinking nature make it the perfect accompaniment to just about any occasion – and those moreish, delicious flavours don’t hurt either!
Our expert Tasting Panel, composed of wine show judges, winemakers and wine educators, has assessed thousands of wines over the last year and among them were many fine Rosés by top Australian producers of the style – the best of which have been collected together in one special Rosé selection, as featured in our Year’s Best 2020 Catalogue.
So set up the ice bucket, get some glasses ready and sit back while we go through the best Rosé of 2020, as chosen by the Wine Selectors Tasting Panel. Chin-chin!
Briar Ridge Limestone Coast Collection Pinot Rosé 2020
A beautifully crafted Rosé made with Pinot Gris grown on vineyards in South Australia’s Limestone Coast, this treat from Briar Ridge makes for ideal summer drinking. Its palate shows a beautiful satiny balance with fine white and red berry and anise flavour weight, with long, fine umami notes carrying on to a dry, savoury and almost salty finish. Simply divine with a baked tomato and thyme tart.
De Iuliis Special Release Shiraz Tempranillo Rosé 2020
This fresh, dry and savoury style of Rosé, made with Shiraz and Tempranillo fruit, issomething of a speciality of Hunter winemaker Mike De Iuliis. Light, dry and fine-boned with a lively mix of bright red berry fruit, touches of pomegranate and kitchen spice, savoury acidity and a fresh finish, it’s mouth-watering from the first to the last drop – and a great partner with antipasto or charcuterie with pickles and grissini.
Howard Vineyard 400 Range Rosé 2020
Howard Vineyard are amongst the best Rosé producers in the Adelaide Hills, and with their latest Rosé release it’s not hard to see why. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this is a dry and savoury style Rosé offering surprising depth. Displaying a restrained mix of red berry fruit, mouth-watering acidity and touches of capsicum on the bright finish, this is one to enjoy with rare, sesame-crusted tuna and other delicate oily fish dishes.
Hunter’s Dream Harmony Rosé 2019
Hunter’s Dream is one of the oldest boutique wineries of the Hunter Valley, with an award-winning pedigree to their name thanks to winemaker Kees van de Scheur and his experienced team. Made in a sweetly-fruited style, this Rosé is rich and juicy on entry with red berry fruit, finger lime and watermelon, citrussy acidity to balance the sweet fruit, and a supple finish. This is one to chill well, and enjoy with a spicy prawn laksa or tom yum.
Iron Cloud Pepperilly Rosé 2020
With 50% of the juice used to make this superb Rosé fermented in used French oak, its youthful palate has been softened and a certain complexity and textural quality has been introduced, making for a very intriguing Rosé that is quite Euro in style. Vibrantly aromatic, its palate is quite generous with lashings of juicy citrus, red berry and watermelon, touches of charcuterie and forest floor, and fresh acidity on the long, rich finish. The perfect wine to enjoy with spicy tuna sashimi.
Grenache Wizardry Grenache Rosé 2019
Deliciously textural, this Rosé is part of famed producer De Bortoli’s Grenache Wizardry range – a homage to the Grenache variety, grown in Victoria’s Heathcote region. Made in a dry, modern style, it’s an energetic and crisp wine that is light and pure yet with a powerful mix of red fruit and citrus, touches of savoury dried herb, and mouth-watering acidity – an excellent wine to savour with a range of salumi with pickles and sourdough!
Smelling Like Rosés
So next time you’re looking for the best wine to kick back with this summer, try one of the Rosés suggested above by our Panel. The best way to experience them all, of course, is with our Year’s Best 2020 Rosé Collection, as featured in our Summer Catalogue – but pick them up while you can, as our Rosé selections tend to sell fast.
Want to know more about Rosé, including where it originated, how Rosé is made, and the different styles of Rosé available? Then make sure to read our Know Your Variety article on Rosé, as well as our guide to Australian Rosé and its most popular regions.