A Perth summer ritual, rosé is now being truly appreciated for its qualities. A versatile serving temperature and food friendly nature makes it the perfect choice for the coming months at Petition, whether you’re tasting, or pairing with the menu at Petition Kitchen. Head Chef, Jesse Blake, has some strong matches for the new rosé offering, from raw Kingfish with beetroot, horseradish and ginger, to heirloom tomato with whipped tofu and salsa verde.
There’s no denying the elephant in the room. Rosé has in the past suffered something of an identity crisis. Stigmatised as an unsophisticated, sweet, pink drop it’s an attitude that belies its origins as one of the oldest forms of red wine. Techniques common today such as extended maceration and harder pressing help to create dark tannic reds whereas ancient winemakers would press grapes soon after harvest with very little maceration time. This was one of the first methods for creating what we know as rosé.
Christos Pavlidis, General Manager of Food and Beverage at The State Buildings is in no need of conversion, having overseen the creation of a list that’s more nuanced than a standard offering of easy drinking drops. He says “rosé has become more popular in recent years as people are travelling more, and tasting it at its best. They want to repeat that experience when they’re back in Australia and looking to experiment. It helps that there’s now better quality rosé from winemakers here at home as well. We’ve got wines from France, Spain and Austria but we are really enjoying showcasing the homegrown producers.”
The sentiment is very much at play within the list. From a classic French starting point, there’s the likes of the 2014, Dom Pierre De Prunet Rose (Grenache); and the 2014, Minuty (Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah), described by the Petition team as “fresh and lively, displaying citrus, floral with orange sherbet.” From the Languedoc-Roussillon and the Cotes du Provence regions of France you can leap hemispheres to the Barossa in the space of a glass. Described by Pavlidis as “the home of Australian rosé for a long time” the 2015, Rockford (Alicante Bouchet) is summer in a glass, with “strawberries and cream, sugar and spice”.
Taking a further leap, more by ideology than geography, Pavlidis is excited by the likes of Western Australian locals Dormilona and their 2015, Rosado (Tempranillo). This Margaret River winery has a reputation for its natural wine making approach, using grapes from organically farmed vineyards from across the South West. “Unfiltered , unfined, bone dry with a hint of funk”, it’s likely not everyone’s idea of typical rosé, but an interesting counterpoint for those looking to push their wine experience. The release of Petition’s new rosé offering is an opportunity to taste the ethos of Petition in action; what Pavlidis describes as “working with and showcasing small bespoke wineries in addition to the better known premium winemakers.”
— Max Brearley