A rose by any other name?

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We love a good sparkling wine here in the Walkabout Crew and whilst we don’t have anything against any particular region, we find ourselves focussing a lot on French and Australian sparkling wines, predominantly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. But we do know people who think Pink makes a party, so we have to, on occasion, sample a few rose wines.

Our latest sample pack from Chandon Australia came last week and one of the wines was a 2013 Rose which is now the subject of this review. At $59 per bottle RRP it sits in the middle price range for Chandon wines and is comparable to other cellar-release wines at the cellar door in terms of price.

Colour-wise it is orange and pink, but not golden like the Chandon Cuvee Riche yet still quite different to their white sparkling wines.

As is typical for Chandon, the bubbles are fine and plentiful and the clarity is faultless.

Rose can be a typically dry sparkling, depending of course on the grapes from which it was made (this is made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier which makes it a richer, creamy and sweet wine with a dry finish)

Our verdict: If you didn’t name this Rose, we would buy it and drink it quite happily. The name put us off, but the wine is a good one.

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