One of the reasons rosé is popular is its exceptional value. That and the fact that it can be produced from so many different grape varieties, creating a broad range.
For value, it’s hard to beat the 2016 Down the Lane Gris de Gris at $13, made from pinot gris. Or, from France, the 2016 Arrogant Frog Ribet Pink Syrah, $10. For a few dollars more, try the 2016 Scarpantoni, $13, which is made from gamay grapes; the 2016 Hesketh Wild at Heart, $14, made from petit verdot and shiraz; the 2016 Signor Vino, $17, made from sangiovese; or the Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé, $18, from New Zealand’s Stoneleigh (below).
Watershed from Margaret River uses shiraz in its Shades Rosé, $20. Hot off the press is the 2017 De Bortoli Villages Heathcote Rosé, $20. Made from grenache grapes, it’s restrained and gentle. Look for more new-vintage rosé as it hits the shelves in coming months.