Rosé no longer wine's ugly duckling

IT was once the ugly duckling of the Australian wine industry, but suddenly, thanks to clever winemakers like Debbie Lauritz of Cumulus Estate, rosé is once again swimming like a swan.

No longer are rosés like sweet and sticky white zinfandels, but rather dry, fresh and extremely versatile food wines.

The Luna Rosa is a blend of cabernet, grenache and mourvedre and a youthful style at that.

Its pink hue makes it look like a cross-dressing white, but its mouth feel is definitely a straight, but slightly effeminate red (with a touch of sugar).

At twelve bucks a bottle, it's hard to pass up a Luna Rosa 2010 Rosado, made in the traditional Portuguese style.

Our wine reviewer, Travis Schultz, is managing partner of Schultz Toomey O'Brien Lawyers and lover of fine food and wine

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