Tag: rose wine

Mirabeau Rosé gin-inspired cocktails to help kick off spring

Mirabeau gin

Maison Mirabeau had its beginnings in the rosé wine space in 2011, with the launch of the company’s first Mirabeau Classic wine. The following year, it made its mark in the USA, Canada, Holland and Germany and Mirabeau Classic was rated by UK wine critics as a top 3 rosé from Provence in France.  Fast forward to 2022 and Stephen Cronk, founder of Mirabeau explains how Mirabeau added gin to their repertoire.  “We’ve always been big gin fans. My wife and I were gin drinkers back home in the UK. A friend of ours, who was trained as a sommelier, living in Provence – which is the home of perfume – kept saying to us, we should make gin. I didn’t know how to make that leap from winemaking to gin-making, but then we discovered all the grape skins that we had pressed through our wine were being used to make a neutral grape spirit.”  From here, Stephen and his wife Jeany went on to develop a gin using grape spirit as a base with botanicals from the Riviera. What makes this gin stand out from the rest?  Unlike others in the growing pink gin category, Mirabeau Dry Rosé Gin is a grape-based spirit, made from upcycled grape skins after they have been pressed during the winemaking process.  Stephen says Mirabeau Gin stands out because it’s unique. “Not only is it made of grape spirit, but it’s also infused with a rosy wine.” The gin also has a wonderful Provence Rosé element to it, as… Read More

Hampton Water Rosé has landed in Australia

Hampton water wine

When someone mentions Jon Bon Jovi, you instantly think rock icon and ‘Living on a Prayer’. But who would have thought this rocker also dabbles in winemaking? In 2018, Bon Jovi joined forces with acclaimed French winemaker, Gérard Bertrand to launch Hampton Water Rosé in the US. Fast forward three years and this outstanding wine has since won many prestigious awards and is now available in Australia. This venture was inspired by Bon Jovi’s son, Jesse Bongiovi, who played a pivotal role in the brand’s creation. The idea to create a wine, emblematic of a vacation focused lifestyle, emerged from a long-standing joke between Bon Jovi and his son.  What is Rosé? Rosé, a popular drink for the Bongiovi’s, had initially been dubbed ‘pink juice’ by Bon Jovi until Jesse and a friend inadvertently coined the brand name and an idea was born. Bon Jovi and Jesse began exploring this idea as a real enterprise, designing bottles and nailing down concepts. They were eventually introduced to Gérard Bertrand by a mutual friend and the three quickly developed a shared vision, to create a unique rosé, uniting the essence of the relaxed lifestyles of East Coast beaches and the South of France. Hampton Water is available from Dan Murphy’s stores, RRP: $33.99, $32.30 6-pack, $193.80 case of 6.  Hampton Water Rosé Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipe Ingredients – 1.5 oz tequila – 1/2 oz jalapeño syrup – 3/4 oz watermelon juice – 1 oz lime juice – 2 oz Hampton Water Rosé Method Add all ingredients… Read More

Koonara Wines family vintner has introduced Emily May Rose

Rose wine

Channelling Spain, this year’s new batch of rose wine by the family operated Koonara Wines has got a an intense pink hue and big Turkish delight. Think raspberry and strawberry flesh notes, which like all Koonara’s Wines, the Emily May Rose is low in sulphur, low in residual sugar and vegan friendly. The rose is an homage to the founder’s gran, Emiline May Reschke, who lived on the family property until she was 99. She was an accomplished dressmaker and designer, teacher, bridge and scrabble guru and professional floral artist, and forever immortalised in this beautiful wine. Pleasantly, the batch is one of a great push of vineyards taking steps towards not using pesticides or herbicides. “We have not used any pesticides or herbicides in our Coonawarra vineyards for over a decade, as it can rob the soil of nearly all the good micro-fungi,” says Dru, a self-confessed eco-obsessed Vigneron and co-owner of the family owned winery. For more info and to get your own bottles, find out more at the Koonara website.