About Rosé Wine from Australia

About Rosé Wine from Australia
Wine is a bit of a quandry when one speaks of Australia. Here is a country that ranks sixth in the world as far as total production, yet it so too often associated these days with inexpensive, mass-produced wines. This is understandable, given that a few huge corporations produce a great majority of the country's wine, with much of its destined for supermarkets in the USA and England. But this reputation is a true shame, as there are so many excellent wine regions that are home to some magnificent producers. Shiraz is the country's signature wine; not only is it Australia's most widely planted variety, it is also the wine with the greatest reputation. Especially in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, there are explosive versions of this wine that can age for many years. Other notable reds from Australia are the Rhone blends with varying percentages of Grenache and Mourvedre added to Shiraz. Certain areas such as Western Australia are ideal for cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Probably the best white wines are Semillon from Hunter Valley and especially Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valleys. These Rieslings, thought quite different from those produced in Germany, are equally brilliant and are most assuredly world-class

Top Picks for Australia

Rosé Wine

Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale light siam color. Aromas of boysenberry, ripe sweet cherry, eucalyptus, sugared crepes with lemon zest, and peach melba with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length tangerine, orange blossom water, aniseed, and carnation finish with no oak flavor. A bright and fruity rose with elegant herbal inflections; a terrific wine for the table or party.
Awards: 2018 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value Australian Rose Exceptional Value
92 points $18 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2017 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
92 points
$23
Salmon orange color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate berry muffin, orange marmalade, and pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length finish imparting suggestions of cherry preserves, strawberry and watermelon sorbet, and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, juicy, and savory rose with great style and a long finish.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 Rosé Pinot Noir
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Rich pink coral color. Interesting, herbal aromas and flavors of white chocolate mint, berry chutney, and alpine herb lozenge with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long finish displaying notes of berry-eucalyptus ice tea and watermelon with chewy, crunchy tannins. A intriguingly exotic, herbal and savory rosé that opens up exciting pairing possibilities.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Taylor Made 2017 Rosé Pinot Noir
90 points
$22
Pink coral color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy cranberry pepper relish and mixed citrus marmalade with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of honeyed biscuit, strawberry sorbet, and apple with no oak flavor. A savory, juicy table-tuned rose that is sure to please.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
87 points
$22
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of marshmallow creme and strawberry jam with a medium body and a medium yogurt finish. A juicy and simply appealing rose.
Monterra 2018 Rosé Sangiovese
86 points
$25
Pale coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, peach, and lavender with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick finish manifesting touches of tomato water and chalk with no oak flavor. A interesting, slightly demure rose for anytime sipping.
Taylor Made 2017 Rosé Pinot Noir
86 points
$25
Silvery salmon orange color. Aromas of cantaloupe, green strawberry, cherry jell-o, and baked apricot with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, brisk tart apple and starfruit finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A lively rose for summer pairings.
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
85 points
$20
Pale khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of ground nuts, dried strawberries, lanolin lotion, and wet bamboo and doused candle with a silky, tangy, dryish medium body and a silky, charming, crisp finish evoking notes of sour cherries, kumquat, and wheat grass. A tart and tangy rose to add a squeeze of acidity to a light meal.
Elysian Springs 2018 Apple Cart Rosé Pinot Noir
84 points
$27.50
Bright pink coral color. Earthy aromas of raspberry leaf and parsnip with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick raspberry vinaigrette and mineral water finish with no oak flavor. A crushable rose for the patio.
84 points $27.50