12 Wines of Christmas – Day Five

As a predominantly red wine drinker, I used to struggle for choice in summer, when it was too hot to crack open a bottle of a full flavoured, rich, deep red.

Although my taste for white wine is definitely growing, I am on the perpetual hunt for a summer Rosé that will satisfy my red wine side.

And I think I might have finally found it.

Photo courtesy of Handpicked Wines.


The 2015 Handpicked Wines Rosé has quite an interesting story behind it too. Chief winemaker Gary Baldwin was challenged to make a savoury, aromatic Rosé, full of texture and light in colour.
Choosing two grape varieties from the Handpicked Wines Yarra Valley vineyard, Gary created an unusual marriage of Pinot Noir juice, fermented on Marsanne skins. A unusual choice perhaps, but the resulting wine shows that it was well worth the creative leap!
Read more on the story behind the interesting union here.

On the Eye: A bright coral/salmon pink

One the Nose: Aromas of spice, strawberries and raspberry

In the Mouth: Although fresh and crisp, this Rosé packs a serious savoury punch! A red wine drinkers dream, there is very little sweetness, just a great balance of dry, fruit flavours.

Pairs well with cheese and charcuterie platters, and would also stand up well against big flavours such as salted olives and garlic.

Check out the rest of the 2015 Handpicked Wines Spring/Summer collection, and pick up a bottle of what is soon to be your Summer Rosé on the Handpicked Wines website!

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Missed a post? Catch up on them here:

Day Four
Day Three
Day Two
Day One



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