2022 Varietal Winners

Top Rated: Rosé

By The Tasting Team
Food-friendly, refreshing and increasingly sophisticated, Australian rosé is deserving of the attention of us all. And, it must be said, far more so than cheap imports. The diversity has never been more compelling. Our eight shortlisted finalists for Rosé of the Year hail from eight different regions and at least six varieties, testimony to the grand spectrum of styles that make this category so exciting. The winner is a masterfully executed and thrilling take on nebbiolo from an iconic site in the Adelaide Hills!

Find out more about rosé in our essential guide.

2020 La Prova Nebbiolo Rosatorose

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A blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese. The pressure is on Chris Smales, the new winemaker at Sutton Grange, with his first vintage release, but he delivers in maintaining this popular rosé's class. Attractive tea rose hues. Gentle, lifted aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry and lively spice. Love the smoothness, the inviting spice, the bright red berries and clean acid crunch to taste. And so, so versatile at the table. – Jeni Port

*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.

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