Discover Your Perfect Rosé

Author: Michelle Gadd   Date Posted:17 April 2024 


Sunset over beach

It’s the light. I love the light at this time of year. The sunlight is such a rich orangey-gold hue as it streams through the trees. It alerts you to the cooler days ahead, and it reminds you to slow down and embrace the last rays of warming sunshine before they lose their punch. And of course…the sunsets…the sunsets, with the right amount of cloud coverage, well they can be spectacular. The myriad of pink and orange colours that come with these sunsets draws my attention to glorious Rosés


Depending on where you are in this vast country, it’s probably not quite time for warming reds (maybe it never is – hello folks in FNQ and NT), so I thought we would look at the abundant and diverse world of Rosé wines and highlight the different grapes used for Rosé. We will deep dive into 3 of these styles and match them with some seasonal recipes.


Read on and you will learn:

  • How are Rosé wines made?

  • What grape varieties are used for rosé.

  • What flavours to expect from each?

  • What are some perfect food matches?

  • Top recommended rosés to try?


Winemaking with a basket press

How Rosé Wines Are Made.

The Rosé winemaking process hinges upon its skilled use of grape skin contact, which is a critical factor in determining the colour and flavour profile of the wine. Unlike white wines, where the skins are removed immediately after pressing to avoid any coloration (apart from the skin-contact white wines aka “orange” wines, which have become hugely popular lately), Rosé wines allow the skins to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically two to twenty hours. This brief maceration period imparts the wine’s signature pink/orange hue and contributes to its flavour complexity.

In contrast, red wines undergo a longer maceration period where the skins are left in contact with the juice throughout the fermentation process. This extended skin contact is responsible for the deep red colour, robust flavours, and evident tannin structure of red wines.


Rose Grape Varieties and Flavours


Shiraz Rosé

Shiraz Rosé is an Aussie classic, known for its bold and fruity flavours. It typically has a vibrant pink hue and offers flavours of red fruit, such as raspberry and strawberry, with hints of spice and a subtle sweetness of fruit. This style of Rosé is perfect for those who enjoy a fruit-forward wine with a balance of richness and refreshing acidity.

Mercer Rosé

Its bolder profile pairs wonderfully with grilled or roasted meats and vegetables.


Recipes to match:


Suggested wine: Mercer Preservative Free Rose


Grenache Rosé

Often a lovely coral pink colour, Grenache Rosé offers a lighter, more delicate taste with a hint of spice. It delights with flavours of strawberry, raspberry, rosehip, and watermelon. Popular in Provence and Spain, Grenache rosé might be just what you need to fulfil your wanderlust. Usually dry and best served nice and cold.

Pair it with aromatic herbs and spices, and nightshades (tomato, red pepper, eggplant) for a culinary experience.

Yangarra Grenache Rosé


Recipes to match:


Suggested wine: Yangarra Grenache Rosé


Tempranillo Rosé

Tempranillo Rosé is a light and fruity wine that is easy to drink. It typically features sweet flavours balanced by the grape’s natural acidity, with red berries, cherries, and a savoury edge being prominent in the flavour profile. The wine is also known for its floral aromas, which are characteristic of the Tempranillo grape.

Spanish Mussels with Paprika & Tomatoes

Tempranillo Rosé, with its medium body and high acidity, is ideal for pairing with fatty foods. Its herbaceous and savoury aromas complement aromatic dishes with herbs. Enjoy it with Spanish tapas, chorizo, or a succulent duck to create a match made in heaven.


Recipes to match:


Suggested wine: Merinas Spanish Rosé


Now for a quick look at some of the other common red grape varietals.

Pinot Noir Rosé is typically fruity, fresh, and elegant. Expect mild acidity to brace its flavours of cherry, watermelon, and light spice. It’s a delightful choice for warm weather sipping.

Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé leans towards the sweet side with aromatics of strawberry sauce, peaches, and hints of citrus. It’s a light-bodied wine that lacks the bitterness of red wine. Enjoy it chilled on its own or with light meals.

Sangiovese Rosé is a savoury wine with crisp acidity. Flavours of cherry, rose petal, peach, and sometimes sweet spices like cinnamon. Pairs well with richer foods and Thai curries.

Merlot Rosé offers red summer fruit flavours like cherries, red plum, raspberry, and watermelons. It’s fruity, floral, and less tannic than red wine. Enjoy it chilled, especially during hot summer days.


Cheers to experiencing beautiful sunsets and finding a perfect Rosé to match this season! I'm off to buy some mussels. ;-)

Warm Regards, Michelle 


My Top Rosé Recommendations:

  • Vegan Suitable
  • No Added Preservative
Tamburlaine No Added Preservative Rose 2023

Delicate pale pink in colour, on nose gentle aromas of pink grapefruit and reb berries. The palate delivers juicy fresh ...

$18.85 in a straight 12 or $21.30 each

15% OFF
  • Vegan Suitable
  • No Added Preservative
Mercer Preservative Free Rose 2023

A gentle embrace luscious red grapes gives rise to an undeniable aroma of the delicious Australian strawberries and crea...

$21.27 in a straight 12 or $24.50 each

  • Vegan Suitable
  • No Added Preservative
  • Certified Organic
Temple Bruer Preservative Free Rose 2022

Pretty in the bottle and pretty on the nose with hints of rasberries, watermelon, sour cherries and turksih delight. The...

$20.28 in a straight 12 or $23.30 each

  • Vegan Suitable
  • No Added Preservative
The Hero Preservative Free Rose 2022

Freshly bottled and bursting with elegant strawberries and cream aromatics, this is everything you want from a blushing ...

$14.70 in a straight 12 or $16.89 each

16% OFF
  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Organic
Merinas Rosé (Tempranillo) 2020

Scented with red cherries, blackcurrant and liquorice, Merinas red is round and juicy and packed with ripe soft dark sum...

$13.00 promo price

Sale 28% OFF
  • No Added Preservative
Preservative Free Rose 6 Pack

Preservative Free, Rose. Celebrate all things Rose with this wonderful selection of 6 Australian Preservative Free Rose ...


18% OFF
  • Certified Organic
Celebrate Rose 6 Pack

Celebrate all things Rose with this 6 pack, bound to make any day a bit better. Pop a bottle in the fridge for 30 minute...


18% OFF
  • Vegan Suitable
  • No Added Preservative
Freehand Electric Chill Rose 2020

The Freehand Electric Chill Rose has tasting notes of ripe red fruits, strawberries and cream. This light Syrah has a fu...

$30.69 in a straight 12 or $35.00 each

  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Certified Organic
Kalleske Rosina Rose 2023

Rosina 2023 is a luminescent ultra-light gold-pink in colour. It oozes brightness and vitality with its fresh aromatics ...

$22.27 in a straight 12 or $25.80 each

  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Organic
Minimum Rose 2022

Dry & savoury; ocean minerals, red currants, sour cherries, wild strawberries. A dancer in the liminal space between you...

$22.27 in a straight 12 or $25.70 each

  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Organic
Spring Seed Morning Bride Rose 2022

With a nose of strawberries and watermelon rind with a hint of ginger, the palate tastes of refreshing red fruits. Serve...

$20.38 in a straight 12 or $23.50 each

  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Organic
Sunsets Natural Rose 2022

This organic Rosé enchants with a vibrant orange-pink hue and a nose of red fruits and sour cherry, complemented by crea...

$24.25 in a straight 12 or $27.99 each

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