The temperature has tipped 25 degrees by lunch and still climbing today bringing on a more summery air. While it is still officially Winter in Sydney, after spending seven years in the UK this weather brings to mind Pimms and Wimbeldon. Definitely time to break out the Rosé and Fizz in honour of the sparkling weather. So what is in the cupboard……
Rosé – Of course by now, the European exports have picked up many of the Australian 2009 Rosés but the our Rosé season is about to heat up. Luckily for us here in Australia, the focus is less on sugary confections, usually imported from the USA, and more on some seriously good wines that are much drier and handcrafted. Of course, pink Moscato is also becoming a hotly contested segment and I am looking forward to reviewing these soon. Although there is no real need to rush a Rosé, they are wonderful drinking while they are still youthful. If you find some left over from a couple of summers ago, do not worry at all.
The first of the 2009’s that I have tasted was Rolling Pink which is vibrant in colour and has a lovely berry nose with a light muskiness. While some Rosés are great on the nose and lighter on the palate, this one delivers the promise of the nose plus some minerality and savouriness. Great colour, nice weight and off dry while not overly fruity. Another one to watch for is Philip Shaw Pink Billy, a dry rose with a touch of savoury spice to offset the fruit .
Being a Fizz lover, I just have to pop open a chilled bubbly on a warm day. While Champagne is experiencing a slight setback to their storming sales thanks to the economy, it does mean that there are some great deals to be found for Champagne, dropping them into the premium Australian Sparkling price points. It is a good time to take advantage of this for whatever reason you can think of.
To try something a little different, try a Bunnamagoo Estate 2006 Pinot Noir Chardonnay. This has a distinct salmon tint to it with a aromas of strawberry and red delicious apples to give it a lift with some limestone. It is a dry sparkling with a balanced creaminess but still refreshing acid texture to the palate that has some biscuitiness added to the strawberry and apple flavours. $24 and only 1000 cases made.
One of the ones I keep coming back to is the Brown Brothers NV Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier. I find that it is better balanced in texture and flavour compared to others in it price range or even some more expensive brands, it is creamy and rounded but with refreshing apples and citrus characters.