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 2020 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of watermelon sorbet, strawberry preserves on rye toast, orange blossom, and ambrosia with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, long finish displaying notes of melon-kiwi relish, meyer lemon, and green apple chutney with no oak flavor. An elegant, dry, adult Rosé with subtle power and grace.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Rose Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $15 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé Adelaide Hills
90 points
$20
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry, watermelon, and green bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a seamless, medium-length finish that shows nuances of candied strawberry with no oak flavor. A silky, clean and crisp Rosé with great concentration of flavors.
Awards: 2020 World Value Wine Challenge - Best Value Australian Rose2020 World Value Wine Challenge - Best Value Australian Rose
Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Rosé Pinot Noir
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas of juicy nectarine, rose petal, and ripe strawberry with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length lemon pound cake, boysenberry jam, and blood orange finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An outgoing, juicy Rosé with inviting fruit and a silky-smooth mouthfeel.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2020 Rosé Adelaide Hills
89 points
$18
Pale silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, white strawberry, and red plum with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, brisk finish displaying nuances of watermelon soda and lime zest with no oak flavor. A flavorful Rosé that is reminiscent of Provence.
Wakefield/Taylors 2018 Rosé
88 points
$20
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of white strawberry, raspberry, melon rind, and swiss meringue with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy berry soufflé and slate finish. A bright rose with clean fruity flavors.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Rose Wine $20 and Under'
Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Scarlet Ladybird Rosé Fleurieu Peninsula
87 points
$17
Coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of dried rose petal, vanilla powder, and tomato leaf with a lean, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, brisk finish with accents of kirsch and jasmine with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fresh entry and robust herbal mid palate bring interest to this Aussie rose.
Taylor Made 2020 Rosé Adelaide Hills
87 points
$22
Pale steely pink color. Aromas of watermelon water, white strawberry, and red cherry with a supple, racy, dry light body and a tingling, agreeable pink lemonade finish with no oak flavor. A bone-dry, zippy Rosé that captures the essence of summer.
Wakefield/Taylors 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé Pinot Noir
84 points
$18
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, tropical fruit chutney, potpourri, and bubblegum dust with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of watermelon, cherry, and kiwi and banana. A rock-solid Rosé with ripe fruit and easy-drinking appeal.