Category Archives: Rosé

2014 Longhop Rosé

A far greater sense of sweetness than the pale hue might indicate. So much for generalisations. Even straight out of the fridge it’s expressive. Redskins, pink flowers and icing sugar with counterpoints of bouquet garni. That sweetness on the front … Continue reading

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2013 Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Rosé

Sophisticated Rosé made entirely from Pinot Noir. Wild yeast, three months in old French barriques. Slightly pillowy on the tongue before gentle ‘hand on shoulder’ tannin to close. Bone dry. Enticing aromatics of strawberry marshmallows and red cherries with undertones … Continue reading

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2013 Port Phillip Estate Salasso Rosé

Last vintage was one the better Australian rosés I’ve tasted. I’m nowhere near as keen on this but I still like it. An interplay between macerated and candied red fruits and savoury earthen characters, dominated by the former. Plenty of … Continue reading

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2013 Madfish Rosé

It says quite a lot about the evolution of Australian Rosé when this the minimum standard I expect when tasting. Made from Shiraz. Summer pudding aromatics and flavour. A hint of spice and traction are both welcome. Fruit sweetness with … Continue reading

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2013 Cradle of Hills GiGi Grenache Rosé

It ain’t pale. Ruby red in the glass with a great deal of presence. There’s 10% Mourvèdre in the mix, complementing the Grenache. Rather floral with raspberries, red apples and peppery spice joined by an attractive earthiness. It has body and … Continue reading

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2012 Ben Haines Flûte d’amour Rosé

More of Ben Haines vinous exploration of the globe will be showcased this year including this Rosé from a vineyard in Ventoux on the south-eastern fringes of the southern Rhône. The site sits at 500 metres above sea level on pebbly, … Continue reading

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2012 Domaine Fabre Cuvée Villa Garrel Rosé

An unremarkable but sluggable Rosé from Provence. Imported by Franc About Wine. Faint aromatics. Red fruits, icing sugar, lemon peel. Some dried, slightly bitter herbs. A little more presence on the palate. Citrusy acidity underlies a creamy mouthfeel and mid-palate with utilitarian … Continue reading

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2012 Luke Lambert Crudo Rosé

Made from Nebbiolo and Shiraz grapes. I’m not sure Rosé gets much better than this. Best not to serve it too cold. A little cloudy in the glass. It smells and tastes savoury and earthen…almost of mushrooms. Blood orange, rubbed tobacco, … Continue reading

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2013 Teusner Salsa Rosé

A blend of Mataro and Grenache, or so the bottle tells me. The Salsa is an ever-reliable wine and the 2013 is on song. To indulge in synaesthesia, there’s some purple and blue amongst the red hues. Aniseed, pepper and … Continue reading

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2013 Boireann La Cima Barbera Rosata

There was bugger all left to taste at Boireann when I dropped in earlier this month. No surprise that the 2012 releases had sold quickly. Some of the 2013s looked smart in barrel, particularly the Shiraz Viognier. Therese Stark was … Continue reading

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