Forget roses this spring..send me Rosé! Richard Hamilton Gida’s Rosé 2010

Another glorious spring day meant the spontaneous picnic in the backyard under the olive tree was a must.  Charcoal chicken and shoestring fries– tick. Greek salad – tick. Kids and dogs – tick.  Luscious wine to accompany – tick.

I reached for the Richard Hamilton Gida’s Rose 2010 (a label from McLaren Vale winery, Leconfield Wines) and discovered from the first taste that this is a really accessible wine – clean, delicate, fresh and a little dry.

This scrummy McLaren vale wine is named in honour of Richard Hamilton’s mother, Gida.  What a wonderful compliment to her.  From drinking the wine, it’s obvious she must be quite a lady – very feminine with a little unexpected spark!

The Lowdown

The colour is light pink, and looked gorgeous amongst the new green spring buds in the backyard.  It is such a pretty colour.  This really is one for the ladies.

The nose is a combination of roses and zesty lemon.  Definitely more-ish.

This is a Rosé that’s made from Merlot, so it’s not surprising that’s it’s wonderfully smooth, and full of plump strawberry flavours with a few citrus notes.  While it’s laden with berries, it’s certainly not overly fruity or sweet, and ends with a lean dry finish with hints of spice.  As it is not sweet, you don’t get tired of drinking it (in moderation of course!), so it is perfect for a warm spring day.

Drink with

We had this with a fantastic Portuguese charcoal chicken from our “local”, shoestring fries and a freshly tossed Greek salad, made with goat’s feta.  The smokiness of the charcoal chicken was complemented by the subtle spices of the Rosé.  And the goat’s feta was a lovely addition.

This is a great warm weather wine, and best enjoyed outdoors with loved ones, good conversation and little convention. 

Price: At $15.50 a bottle it is hard to go by and adds relaxed sophistication to any outdoor meal.

Available from: Good retailers, online, and direct from

(The Richard Hamilton Gida’s Rose 2010 was reviewed by guest contributor, Yvette McDonald)