Rosé Champagne

We’ve seen the Rosé trend blossom in the last few years, and this summer it’s time for sparkling Rosés to shine. These days there is a fantastic array of Aussie sparkles, but it’s hard to compete with the French when it comes to sparkling wine.
Rosé champagne — more often referred to as Pink Champagne — is “dry” on the palate, contrary to how it may look. Our top picks are made using 100 per cent Pinot Noir grapes, rather than a blend of wines which is the more common method in Champagne.

Moutard Rosé Champagne

is brilliant value and delivers rich, biscuity summer fruit flavours. At the other end of the price range is the wonderfully elegant Laurent Perrier Rosé, which is the best selling Rosé Champagne in the world and considered the benchmark of all Rosé Champagne. Both Champagnes make the perfect after-dinner treat and we recommend pairing with some French cheese. *Moutard Rosé Champagne 750ml* *Laurent Perrier Rosé Champagne 750ml*

Vermentino (“vur-men-teeno”)

Floral and fragrant white wines are on the up, and we are always on the lookout for fresh, inventive varieties. Vermentino, originating from Italy, is making its way onto many wine lists of late as it’s such a good pairing with food. It’s often great value due to its not being as well known. We wanted to bring you an Aussie expression of this style and The Forgotten Botanist ticks all the boxes. From the Barossa valley, it’s full of bright lime, green apple and grapefruit flavours. Perfect paired with antipasto. *The Forgotten Botanist Vermentino 750ml*

Feeling French

At Vintage Cellars we have been scouring the globe in search of great value wines that are friendly and approachable, casual and not intimidating. One stop on this journey was the south-west of France and the winery of two younger winemakers originally from Burgundy, who have been trained in the New World — Catherine and Laurent Delaunay. This husband and wife winemaking team has created a range of wines for Vintage Cellars, called The Frenchhouse, with the goal of combining the traditional French “terroir” (the idea that local growing conditions, in particular the soil, give a wine its unique flavour and aroma) with a modern winemaking style in which they can control sourcing, wine making, bottling and quality control. There are four wines in this range. The Frenchhouse Sauvignon Blanc has abundant citrus and fresh fig flavours in this well balanced wine with a crisp, bright finish. We suggest pairing it with seafood dishes or alongside spring green salads. We also love The Frenchhouse Rosé, which is a pleasantly dry Rosé showcasing flavours of strawberry and cherry with hints of raspberry. It’s delicious for sipping alone or paired with calamari or smoked foods. *The Frenchhouse Rosé* *The Frenchhouse Sauvignon Blanc*

Gin

We are always looking out for the next gin, and this summer we’ve been lucky enough to hunt out this new Bathtub Gin. Created by American craft distillery St George Spirits, which was founded in 1982, Terroir Gin is an ode to the wild beauty of California. Flavoured with a dozen botanicals including Douglas fir, California bay laurel and roasted coriander, Terroir is a unique, earthy experience. With ultra-woody notes and a hint of citrus, it’s a gin for all seasons, and delicious served in a martini, a Collins cocktail or simply on the rocks. *St George Terroir Gin 750ml* ❐

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