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Wednesday 16 March 2022

The Provence rosé with a movie star pedigree

Mario Andretti was probably a better racing car driver than winemaker. Greg Norman a better golfer than winemaker, but Brad Pitt may just be a better winemaker than he is an actor.

Celebrity wines are all the rage - with some better than others.

I really don't know much about Pitt the actor, but apparently he has won an Oscar, so I might be being a bit harsh. 

He used to be married to Jennifer Anniston and then to Angelina Jolie. And I have to admit I get him mixed up with Johnny Depp. Sorry fans.

It was with former wife Jolie in 2014 that he invested in Chateau Miraval, the Provence rosé specialist, where he is apparently "hands on" with the winemaking. 

Pitt has enjoyed himself so much he is now also investing in Champagne.

Miraval certainly comes with movie star looks with a unique diamond-inspired bottle and label that stand out from the crowd - and the zingy, dry rosé is pretty impressive. 

It has an RRP of $34.99 - but look out for specials at Dan Murphy's stores. 

Located in the village of Correns, Miraval is an impressive chateau owned by Pitt in partnership with a Russian oligarch, to whom Jolie, rather unfortunately, sold her share of the business without Pitt's consent. 

That sale is now before the courts, challenged by Pitt. 

Made in conjunction with Rhone-based winemaking family the Perrins, who own Chateau de Beaucastel, the Miraval 2020 rosé is a dry blend of cinsaut, grenache, syrah and rolle (which we know as vermentino).  

Good work from Pitt and Marc Perrin (below). It has been reported that Pitt  "remains obsessed with the intricacies of winemaking".  

Think vibrant strawberry and cream notes, hints of cranberry and fresh, lively acid on the finish. Certainly best enjoyed well chilled. 

Charlotte Ferrari, business manager for Dan Murphy's, says rosés from Provence and Languedoc have been selling impressively over summer - with the Miraval just one of several choices in stock. 

Rosé sales have apparently grown by 35% over the past 12 months.

"Each wine in the range lends itself perfectly to the warm Australian climate and make a fabulous accompaniment to wide range of foods to be enjoyed at picnics, barbecues or family gatherings," Ferrari says. 

The wine is available in Australia 


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