TONY LOVE Adelaide Advertiser October 2012
When Spring arrives there's a certain sigh of delight that translates happily to a glass of rosé to mirror the season’s burst of blossom. But one person’s pink can be another’s crimson. There are so many variations on a theme it’s not surprising many can
be confused as to the right way to go.
We’ve had a tradition here of liking darker
shades, but you might also start hearing more about
paler styles, which are all the rage in France and
getting a head of steam here. These are usually drier,
and arguably fresher and crisper to the palate. Then
you’ll have to find favoured varieties. I came upon
pinot noir, grenache alone and with mataro, shiraz,
even viognier, cabernet and dolcetto, and a bunch of
Italians like sangiovese, lagrein, nebbiolo, aglianico,
and montepulciano – all grown in
Australia. Then came the Spanish
stylists based on tempranillo, and
fi nally a few renegades like malbec,
mourvedre (aka mataro), as well
as some shiraz and cabernet
sauvignon-dominant versions. Not
all make great rosé, but three
grenache-based pinkies from
the Barossa – will put a
spring in your step...
Turkey Flat 2012 Rosé – $18.
Well known, shiny and pink
with a weave of strawberry
fruit, spice and savoury notes.