When you're first learning about wine, one of the things you soon pick up is that a wine's colour can give you a lot of clues about its style and quality. This is common sense, really: it doesn't take much imagination or experience to realise that a pale-coloured wine is likely to be lighter in body and flavour than a darker-coloured wine. Then, as you travel further through your wine journey, you realise that while this general rule about wine colour holds true most of the time, there are plenty of exceptions. Take rosé, for example. Just as you would expect a deep magenta-hued rosé to be full of flavour and even some sweetness, you would expect a rosé that has barely any colour at all - just the merest blush of pink, perhaps, or a light, salmony tinge - to be delicate, fine and dry. And most of the time you'd be right. But there's a growing number of pale pink wines made in Australia, modelled on the great pale rosés of southern France and elsewhere in the Mediterranean, that can also pack a mouth-filling flavour punch. This is the style of pink wine - pale but powerful - that's perfect for this dish: fresh and lively to match the salad, with enough body to handle the spicy chook.
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