The golden days of morning runs in actual daylight, bodysurfing down at the beach and a barbecue to finish are behind us. There’s still a bit of heat in that sun – at least until it disappears behind those western hills, which is happening earlier every day that passes. So that offers enough of an excuse to squeeze one last barbie in before it’s time to start busting out the lasagnes, curries and laksas of the cooler months.
So out comes every piece of BBQ equipment you own for one last hurrah; the gas cooker, charcoal burner, smoker, all the long-handled forks and tongs – even that dumbass plastic apron someone gave you for Christmas! Now you’re going for absolute gold with all the burners blazing away full bore and embers glowing red hot. The air is filled with smoke, delicious smells, flying bullets of hot fat and a chorus of furious sizzling. On the grills are pork sausages, lamb chops, turkey & chicken breasts, boerswors, burger patties, spiced stir fry veges – even those foil-wrapped snapper fillets poached in lemon and mirin an old girlfriend showed you that no one but you eats.
It’s going to be a feast fit for a king – but something keeps nagging away at the back of your mind… you’re missing something. Then it strikes you – and your sweat, smoke and fat-splashed face looks up in horror. You’ve forgotten the Rosé Sauvage!
Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage, or ‘wild rose’ in French, is the perfect accompaniment to any barbeque – and especially necessary for marking the last BBQ of the season. Featuring an intense array of flamboyant flavours and aromas, it marries well with the spicy, smoky smorgasbord of meaty goodness to be found on the grills of your backyard. Certainly different from most champagne rosés in that it has a high ratio of pinot noir, which delivers a deeply-hued garnet colour that goes along so well with red meat. Floral and crisp, this rosé features cherry and currant flavours accented by citrus notes and a tannic finish. To perfectly complete the divine barbecue combination, try filling up a spray bottle with Rosé Sauvage and spritzing your turkey or chicken breasts before, or even after, they hit the grill.
Pick up a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage on the way to your next BBQ from Glengarry.