When you think of great weather and good times, you're probably holding a glass of chilled rosé. But rosé is no longer just a summer drink – it's made to be enjoyed year-round.
Rosé is defined by its wide and varied colour palate, from pale salmon through to deep red. Rosé can be produced from a multitude of varieties and is typically made using one of the three methods: saignée (pronounced son-yay), maceration or blending.
Below are seven examples. Each is priced between $20 and $34 and offers outstanding value for money. We spoke to their producers about why they love making rosé and asked them how to tackle the overwhelming choice when it comes to pairing rosé with food.
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Vigneron Jennifer Doyle says: Sparkling rosé is such a multidimensional wine – it can be enjoyed as an aperitif, is an all-rounder that pairs beautifully with many cuisines and can act as the perfect palate cleanser if you are not inclined toward a sticky. And sparkling rosé is just so delicious and satisfying!
Best enjoyed: Pair this sparkling rosé with smoked salmon blini and crème fraîche or a poached quince tart.
RRP $33 | Drink now | jansz.com.au
Winemaker Simon Steele says: Rosé is the everyday pleasure we can afford to have. It’s light on its feet but with huge flavour and pleasing dry chalky finishes. You can drink rosé every day of the year (just like our boss Ross Wilson) and continue to marvel at the versatility, balance and freshness.
Best enjoyed: Try the 2022 with freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters.
RRP $30 | Drink to 2027 | medhurstwines.com.au
Winemaker Natalie Cleghorn says: I thoroughly love drinking rosé – for me it is a joyous wine, vibrant and alive. I love the Provence style: savoury, briny, with hints of fresh berries. It is a style of wine that can be enjoyed with or without food and matches well to our Australian cuisine.
Best enjoyed: The 2022 is a fantastic pairing with barbecued asparagus drizzled in lemon infused olive oil.
RRP $22 | Drink now | mitchelton.com.au
Winemaker Tod Dexter says: Rosé is the ultimate summer wine. It is such a great alternative to textural whites or light reds.
Best enjoyed: The 2021 pairs perfectly with the Pt. Leo Estate Restaurant summer menu entrée – velvet tomato tart, rockmelon, horseradish and San Daniele prosciutto.
RRP $34 | Drink to 2024 | ptleoestate.com.au
Owners Judith and Gary Berson say: We love rosé for its versatility. It's not just a summer wine, it's a delicious aperitif anytime, and a joy on those gorgeous sunny winter days. The structure of our rosé means it can be enjoyed with food. We love the refreshing acidity and brightness of a rosé that is made with food in mind.
Best enjoyed: The Victory Point Rosé is ideal with an antipasti platter, anchovy puffs or seafood dishes with garlic.
RRP $30 | Drink to 2028 | victorypointwines.com
Winemaker Raquel Jones says: I’ve enjoyed a variety of rosé, and what I’ve learned is that really good rosé is a serious wine. And really good rosé will improve with a few years of bottle age. I wholeheartedly believe in the integrity of this wine style. My only wish would be to change its reputation as a summertime drink, because it deserves to be enjoyed all year round.
Best enjoyed: With so many food pairings to choose from, it’s often easier to default to the main varietal used in making the rosé as the deciding factor. The Weathercraft Rosé is made from 100 per cent shiraz, so pair it with a Thai beef salad or a dish with Szechuan spices or a classic lamb souvlaki.
RRP $34 | Drink to 2026 | weathercraft.com.au
Winemaker Sam Brewer says: Nothing pairs better with our warm Australian summer days and nights than a rosé. We’ve really enjoyed watching dry style rosé make a big come back in recent years. With so many grape varieties now used to produce rosé it really has expanded the offerings to consumers and encouraged them to explore the Australia rosé market. It’s no longer just Mateus on the shelves!
Best enjoyed: We often say this rosé pairs very well with an empty glass, however seafood, a spicy Thai dish or chargrilled elements work very nicely. For those warm summer afternoons – a glass paired with a charcuterie board and antipasto can't be beaten.
RRP $20 | Drink now | yarranwines.com.au