Rosé Wine, Spain, Australia

Spain is definitely one of the new-world players to keep an eye on. It is the land of old-vines, american oak and sherry! The main varieties grown in Spain are Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) in the reds, and Airén, Viura/Macabeo, Verdejo and Albarino for the whites. Lesser grown whites include Palomino. Other reds successfully cultivated include Carignan, Mourvedre and Mencia.

Although Spain can be quite a warm country, the vast majority of vineyards are 600m or so above sea level, so the cooler nights allow the grapes to develop full colour and acidity.

Rioja is undoubtedly the long-standing king of all the Spanish wine regions, where Tempranillo and Garnacha are commonly blended. However more recently many more regions have come to the forefront of interest. Ribera Del Duero is producing excellent Tempranillo blends rivalling those coming out of Rioja. Jerez in the South is the home of the fortified wine Sherry.

Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. These include:
  • - Denominación de Origen Calificada (formerly called DOCa) Priorat calls itself DOQ for Denominació d'Origen Qualificada in Catalan and has a track record of consistent quality and is meant to be a step above DO level.
  • - Denominación de Origen (DO)- Used for mainstream-quality wine regions. Nearly two thirds of the total vineyard area in Spain is within the boundaries of a DO region.
  • - Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD) - This is somewhat of a stepping stone to DO status.
  • - Vinos de la Tierra (VdIT) - A level similar to France's vin de pays system, where the regions are much larger.
  • - Vino de Mesa (VdM)- The equivalent of 'table wines' from France or Italy

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful “New World” wine-producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
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  1. MILES FROM NOWHERE ROSE 2019
    WINNER; Top Gold and Trophy for Best Rose of Show, 2019 Royal Perth Wine Show. Gold Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show Redcurrant and strawberry leap from the glass, but there is a mineral drive to the palate that is delicious. Hint ... Learn More
  2. PATRICK P SERIES LIMESTONE COAST FIELD BLEND ROSE 2019
    " After countless customer requests (mostly from my Mum and my Wife) to bring back our Rosé, it is great to have one back in the range. In the early days of the business our Estate and Toccas Rosé's had ... Learn More
  3. LA LINEA TEMPRANILLO ROSE 2017
    Having picked each block at optimum ripeness (which in a cooler, later season meant approximately half a baumé later than in ’16), we used the proven techniques that have made La Linea rosé a benchmark style: some time on skins after ... Learn More
  4. SAINT AND SCHOLAR PINOT NOIR ROSE 2019
    An intriguing wine, firstly boasting a pale salmon colour, closely mimicking the fine Rose wines made out of Provence, France. Like a kid in a candy shop, the Saint and Scholar Rose shows mouth-watering Strawberry and Creams, along with sweet ... Learn More
  5. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'ROSE BY TOM BARRY' 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
  6. THISTLEDOWN GORGEOUS GRENACHE ROSE 2019
    Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and we’re slightly obsessed with it. Our first Rosé is sourced from an old, single vineyard in Berri. Beautifully pale, salmon pink with delicate aromatics and lovely texture, it lives up to ... Learn More
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  7. PHILIP SHAW 'PINK BILLY' SAIGNEE ROSE 2019
    The high altitude, age and aspect of Orange and in particular the Koomooloo vineyard has ideal conditions for producing a sparkling of great complexity. Vibrant fruit with complex creamy and autolysis characters. Full and fine with superb mousse. ... Learn More
  8. FINCA NUEVA RIOJA ROSADO 2016
    The Finca Nueva Rosado is made for easy and enjoyable drinking. From the creator of Finca Allende, these wines over deliver on expectations. Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries pushing for modernity in Rioja, is the man ... Learn More
  9. CHALMERS WINES ROSATO 2018
    The Chalmers Rosato is made from mostly Aglianico with a splash of Nero d’Avola and Sagrantino. All three varieties are growing on the prized top block at the Heathcote vineyard which is a complex rocky site with green basalt, ... Learn More
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  10. SHADOWFAX MINNOW ROSE 2019
    Moderate rains over winter and spring meant modest vegetative growth in our dry grown Werribee Minnow vineyard, but consistently warm temperatures meant fruit was harvested with great flavour and concentration. The Pinot Noir and Cinsault had superb aromatics, with the ... Learn More
  11. MEDHURST ESTATE VINEYARD YARRA VALLEY ROSE 2019
    Awarded GOLD and 95 points in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Deliciously elusive fresh fruits including strawberry and raspberry are supported by white blossom of jasmine and citrus. This is a deliberate and considered Rosé, which starts from dedicated parts of the ... Learn More
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  12. PORTSEA BACK BEACH MORNINGTON PENINSULA ROSE 2019
    Earthy cherry and vibrant raspberry with a delicate floral note. Portsea Estate is a truly unique vineyard property situated at the furthest tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The narrow finger of land that separates Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait ... Learn More
  13. HEAD WINES ROSE 2018
    Hand picked from sustainably farmed vineyards. Alex Head produces wines of class & elegance in his 5 red-star Halliday rated winery. Perfume of raspberry, strawberry & pink grapefruit. Delicate palate with nuances of strawberries & light citrus, followed by a pure dry finish laced ... Learn More
    HEAD WINES ROSE 2018
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  14. SC PANNELL ARIDO ROSE 2018
    79% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache Noir and 9% Touriga Nacional. “This vintage saw the opportunity to make an even more versatile style with a greater level of complexity from the inclusion of Mourvedre and Touriga Nacional. A more serious and thought-provoking release.” - Stephen ... Learn More
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  15. NOCTURNE NEBBIOLO ROSE 2019
    2019 sees the addition of Sangiovese into the Nocturne rosé and we liked it so much it has become the dominant player in the blend. Lighter, finer and slightly more ethereal, it’s blended with 40% Nebbiolo to allow some chew and ... Learn More
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