One of the jobs I look forward to most each year is writing the notes for the new Rosé. Not that the wine itself is likely to be so excitingly different from last year, in fact if we have done our job correctly it should be remarkably similar. No, it’s that this fruity, cheeky little wine gives me a chance to have as much fun with the notes as you will drinking it!
The 2012 is a zestful and vibrant shade of cerise which exudes a somewhat brash and youthful charm. The nose is a bull-rush medley of summer fruit salad, evening primrose, luscious candied fruit and some deeply disturbing notes of condensed milk licked straight from the can round a Boy Scout campfire. Heady wafts of elderflower combine with something reminiscent of poison ivy creeping over a Beazley Box high up in the western suburbs; though red liquorice and milkshake lollies have the final say as the glass moves irresistibly and inexplicably toward the lips.
Ohh-Ahh the palate. Rich and velveteen, there is a passion to the sweetness and a tickle to the acidity which makes it as appealing and carefree as a first time teenage romp. Chilled melon, the slight piquancy of orange skin and the gush of very-berry gelato give way to the gentle softness and roundness of a panda bear licking its belly. The wine strikes a deft balance between the left and right brain with on one hand its creamy texture and on the other a prickly minerality like tepid spring water cascading over pink and white terraces of yesteryear. Not in the strictest of terms a food wine, yet there is enough persistence here to last just until the next mouthful.
Brix at Harvest:
20 April - 6 May 2012
15 Aug 2012
18 Nov 2012
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