MATT SKINNER'S WINE SUGGESTIONS
Capcanes Mas Donis Rosato 2006 Monsant, Spain
With its wealth of indigenous varieties, old vineyards and extremely talented wine people - Spain is currently one of the most exciting wine producing countries on earth. But the real buzz is focused on lesser-known areas such as Toro, La Mancha, and the hilly zone of Montsant south west of Barcelona. Varieties Garnacha, Syrah, and Merlot join forces here to form a firm and full-bodied rose that’s built for food yet manages to retain charm by the bag full. As food friendly wine styles go, rosé ranks right up there with the best of them. With the added advantage of being anything from light, heavy, sweet, dry or somewhere in between, rosé can handle pretty much everything from a straightforward tomato salad right the way through to all the charred and sticky things the barbeque can manage.
And finally, while the wines of Capcanes are also now finding their way onto Australian shelves, good dry Rose is made everywhere. Look for examples from Wirra Wirra, Innocent Bystander and Yalumba, all of which should see you with change from $20.