Rose wine, here, USA, Dan Murphy’s & beyond

It’s a slightly different wine review section this week as we have included more statistics and a larger article before the reviews.

Many of the wines reviewed are available from Dan Murphy’s so we have divided them into those that are and those that are not.

Dan’s is reluctant to divulge figures, but did say: “Australian rosé stats are on similar base and trend to the US”  (See “Site allegiance” in Australian Wine News).

There are no hard figures, but Peter Nixon, Dan Murphy’s Wine Panel and range development, sent the following:

“The customer repertoire for chilled wine styles that are light-bodied, crisp and fresh, seems to be evolving from a singular focus on Marlborough sauvignon blanc, to now also include pale-coloured Southern French-inspired rosé, as well as classic, dry, Italian-inspired pinot grigio, crisp, modern Australian chardonnay, and even prosecco. 

“Significantly, rosé also seems to be reaching a new consumer that has historically been singularly red-focused and male dominant – often labelled white wine for red drinkers, with wine colour increasingly seen as a (positive) continuum, rather than an absolute. 

“Who knows? Those wines of similar attributes around the world, including our own unique styles such as Hunter Valley semillon and Australian riesling, may become fashionable yet!” 

Unfortunately TKR didn’t manage to get domestic sales of still rosé wine for 2016 but there was an increase in 2015 on 2014, with total sales reaching 4.7 million litres. Most (4.2 million litres) sold via off-premise.

Considering the rise in rosé popularity in our two leading export markets for wine (the US and UK), Australian rosé export figures are disappointing, having declined steadily in the past five years (figures rounded):

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total litres 18.5m 14.4m 14.3m 13.5m 10.6m
Total value $27.8m $21.3m $20.2m $20.0m $16.0m
Price per litre $1.50 $1.48 $1.41 $1.48 $1.50

In 2016 about $8 million of the total $15.97 million exported was under $2.50 a litre FOB. This indicates a lot of it was wine shipped in bulk.

Rosé shipments to the UK were worth $6.9 million. Sweden and Denmark were the next two countries in importance, each taking about $1.2 million worth of our rosé.

The US, which is reporting incredible growth of rosé wine sales, came seventh in the list of countries to which Australian exports rosé, accounting for just $635,458 in 2016. It is the French that are benefiting from the American rosé fad. The darling of our wine exports, China, came ninth, taking $544,303 worth of our rosé wine.

All rosy at Dan’s and beyond

The first selection of wines are all available at Dan Murphy’s

Champagne Duperrey Brut Rose NV: Deep rose to light red colour, full flavour, chewy wine, it makes it’s presence felt, lusty not elegant but nothing wrong with that 93 points and a fair price for champagne at $47 

Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Sangiovese South Australia Rose 2016: Pale attractive colour, mid weight in the mouth fine in all aspects not over exciting but at $11 exciting enough to make it very good value 91 points

Zonte’s Footstep ‘Scarlet Ladybird’ Fleurieu Peninsula Rose 2016: Light nose and light to start but flavours come in as it travels and they mingle and build to a well-defined dry rose 92 points and OK price at $18

Geoff Merrill ‘Bush Vine’ McLaren Vale Grenache Rose 2016: Possibly the first Australian rose of the modern era that showed there was a lot to the style that would have been some time in the late 80s. The point of difference being inspired flavour rather than insipid pink wine. Decades on its just as good, strong backbone with rich flavours attached, 94 points and a bargain at $19

Blue Pyrenees ‘Bone Dry’ Pinot Noir Rose 2016: Lovely savoury nose, fills the mouth with a mix of flavours very enjoyable and worked at the table 92 points and value at under $16

Mirabeau Cotes De Provence Rose 2015: The palest pink more a tinge than full colour, but do not be deceived there is plenty of flavour across the whole palate, good to taste easy to drink and worked well at the table 93 points and worth $19

Marius Peyol Cotes De Provence Rose 2015: Easy drinking all the way, well balanced and in tune 92 points and outstanding value at $12

Pierre Brévin Selection Rose 2015: It’s dry, clean, and pleasant with a very slight nutty character also only $10 or less 91 points

Gérard Bertrand ‘Cote des Roses’ Languedoc Rose 2015: A grenache, cinsault and syrah blend, the wine as elegant as the bottle it comes in. 93 points and worth $20

Beyond Dan’s

En Saison Languedoc-Rousillon Rose 2015 Available from BWS, at time of writing it was listed at $18 but two for $25 the first is just worth it the second great value, its light but has a zippy refreshing character 92 points

Patina Orange Region Rose NV: As complex as any wine can be, two vintages 2014/15 and in total 5 grape varieties, light on the nose but full-on in the mouth, the textual feel of the wine is amazing its rich with weight, the flavours fall in behind the texture but are not forward, it’s a fascinating wine that will be of great interest to those into wine, but may not be so readily received by those that are looking for a crisp rose, 92 points and for some $25 will be cheap for others more than they want to pay.

Delamere Vineyard Tasmania Rose 2016: Made from pinot noir it has an English wildflower meadow smell, soft on entry and builds a flavour profile as it travels it remains light but has complexity if the drinker cares to probe, 94 points and worth $25

Sandalford Margaret River Rose 2016: Bordering on light red, deep in colour and deep in flavour, made from cabernet sauvignon its long in length and well balanced throughout 94 points a bargain at $20

Delamere Vineyard ‘Hurlo’s’ Tasmania Rose 2015: Its 100 per cent pinot noir and should be treated as a wine made from quality PN. I feel the need to say this as rose wines are often treated as an inferior style, there is nothing inferior about this wine, its quality all the way, light on entry but that is the chill, let it open up slightly and flavours emerge like petals on a rose, acid is in balance and the light tannin influence is just right, It’s an easy 95 wine, $80 is very high for a rose but think of this as a high quality wine and it is worth it.

La Maschera ‘Rose of Granaxia’ Barossa Valley 2016: A grenache wine with a drop of sangiovese very light colour, I would use blush except it’s become associated with awful Californian wine, nose and flavour stronger than the colour suggests a rose indeed but no wilting flower, 94 points and good value at $22

Rogers & Rufus Grenache Barossa Rose2016: Very faint delicate colour and delicate in the mouth but it has underlying power that pulls it together around mid-palate, 93 and value at $24

Norfolk Rise Mount Benson Rose 2016: Grape not specified but no matter as it’s a full flavoured savoury style that started bold and continued along the same vain until swallowed, works well with food, 93 and very good price at $18

Robert Channon Granite Belt Rose 2016: A pinot noir wine gentle on the nose and a pleasing light pink colour, soft to start but builds on the journey 93 points and value at $20

Marchand & Burch ‘Villages’ Mount Barker Pinot Noir Rose 2016:  Chewy? Is chewy a good wine descriptor? Not sure, but on tasting I thought chewy, sorry about that, let’s add, good flavoursome wine that was chewy 94 points and worth $26

Mitolo McLaren Vale Grenache Rose 2016: Before the tasting note, glass stoppers look very classy but on rose and white wines which are in the fridge they are a bugger to twist off. Mitolo has them so have many of the wines reviewed here, look good but no go as far as I’m concerned. As a wine it’s a cracker, attractive to look at, smells enticing, travels in a sensual fashion across the palate and ends beautifully 94 points, top price at $28

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