Two top rosés & a smart buy: Turkey Flat, Quinta da Pellada & Jacobs Creek Three Vines

Rosés have well and truly taken off in the UK, shrugging off the perception that they’re just a summer wine.  This week I tasted through the Jacobs Creek range with Adrian Atkinson, the brand’s UK-based Wine Development Director who recalled that, before the 2003 summer heatwave, stocking rosé outside summer was strictly verboten.  That year,  rosé sales went through the roof and, despite a less than summery 2004, quadrupled the following year – rosé the year round phenomenon had arrived! 

The Australian giant’s rosés include the very good Jacobs Creek Three Vines Shiraz Grenache Sangiovese 2009 (£7.49 at Tesco).  Italy’s Sangiovese adds a bit of texture, depth and tempering, savoury dryness which I like in a rosé.   And it’s this quality which marks out two favourite rosés which, quel coincidence, are also blends:

Turkey Flat Rosé 2009 (Barossa Valley) – this unique blend of Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolcetto, another Italian variety, is a pretty pale salmon hue, with wild strawberry, cream soda and cranberry on the nose which notes follow through on the lively palate, together with violets and red and black cherry.  It walks a fine line between delicacy and depth and is eminently food friendly.  £13.20 at Slurp.

Quinta da Pellada Rosado 2009 (Dão) – a blend of Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, this salmon coloured wine shows pretty red cherry fruit on a textured, subtly creamy/leesy palate with lovely fresh acidity giving balance and length.  Like the Jacobs Creek Three Vines and Turkey Flat, a deft touch of residual sugar is well balanced by the acidity.  £9.99 at Castas

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