Showing posts with label Rose. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rose. Show all posts

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 De Bortoli 'La Bohème Act Two' Dry Pinot Rosé‎

A consistently good dry style Rose that is easy to find. I've shared with a few friends, over Indian or Malaysian food, and heard more than once that they didn't think that they liked Rose.

Strawberrys and rosewater aromas . Soft and juicy, with just a touch of acidity to keep it lively. This is a go-to for spice heavy foods. Fresh, fun, and food friendly.

Price:      $19
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    November 2015
Rating:    92
Website: www.debortoli.com.au

2014 Farr Rising Saignee Rose

Winemaker Nick Farr allows Pinot grapes to sit on skins in the tank for 2-3 hours before he bleeds the free running juice to make this wine. He then barrel ferments at cool temperatures and allows full malo-lactic fermentation. The result? One of the most interesting and delicious Roses I've tried.

Rose petal and turkish delight, but also cherry and solid use of good quality oak. Slippery refreshing palate. This has so many of the characters I like about Pinot noir, all in a very easy drinking Rose perfect for summer. Lovc this wine.

Price:      $30
Source:   Grand Central Cellars
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Tasted:    November 2015
Rating:    95
Website: www.byfarr.com.au

Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 Oliver's Taranga Mencia Rose

chica_spritzedHailing from Spain, the Mencia grape is one of my favorite red varietals. The best examples of which can be reminiscent of a cross between a cool climate Shiraz and an earthy Pinot Noir. Oliver's Taranga are one of only two growers in Australia that currently have this grape (along with Dell'Uva) and have been making this tasty rose for the last two vintages, with their first red Mencia about to be released.

Leading with strawberry fruit, their is a hint of spice on the nose which I find very charming. It almost smells like it might be a touch sweet, however it is refreshingly crisp and dry with a nice little flick of acid. Great summer wine, sure to go well with lots of food and win over a crowd.

Price:      $24
Source:   Winemaker
Varietal:  Mencia
Tasted:    September 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.oliverstaranga.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2014 Chaffey Bros 'Not Your Grandmas' Rose

In contrast to the sickly sweet roses of generations past, many of  the better Australian wine producers are making excellent dryer style roses which are more similar to those produced in Provence, France.

This particular example is made from a blend of  Barrosan Grenache, Mourvedre, and a touch (2%) of the aromatic white varietals used in their excellent Dufte Punkt blend.

Plenty of cherry and red berry fruit are dominant on the nose, alongside some hints of spice. Soft texture and mid palate length make this a very easy drinking and refreshing rose. A good example of where rose is headed here in Australia. 

Price:     $20
Source: Cellarbrations, West End, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (69%), Mourvedre (29%), Gewurtztraminer/Riesling/Weißer Herol (2%)
Tasted: April 2012
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.chaffeybros.com/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2014 Bird in Hand Pinot Rose

Residing in Adelaide Hills, Bird in Hand was first established in 1997 and their first vintage was released in 2001. In spite of their youth, they have been making some very solid wines and have quickly become quite successful, making many of their wines easily to find.

This time of year I love a good rose, and this one fits the bill quite well. Blushing pink  in color with a fragrant yet delicate strawberry nose. So easy to drink, offering more strawberries with a touch of citrus. A nice clean, dry rose that is not overwhelmingly fruity.  

Price:     $22
Source:  BWS
Varietal: Pinot
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   90

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 BK Wines Rose

A Rosé made from Pinot Noir grapes that were pressed as whole bunches, to which a small portion (2%) of red pinot was added back. This hits all the right notes for me. A textural, interesting, and refreshing wine; pretty much everything I want in a rose.

Some savory elements on the nose mingle well with rose petal and strawberry notes. A soft textural wine with flavors of water melon, strawberry and a hint of pink grapefruit. Mild but persistent acidity resulting in a clean finish.

I paired this with Thai green curry chicken and coconut rice, and it was excellent. I'd buy this again.

Price:     $25
Source: Cellerbrations, West End
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.bkwines.com.au

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2014 Turkey Flat Rosé

Turkey Flat make consistently excellent Rosé from the Barossa Valley. Predominantly made from Grenache this wine also contains small portions of Shiraz, Cabernet, and Dolcetto. It appears to be available at many of the larger retailers in Australia, making it easy to track down.

Generous fruit forward nose offering lots of fresh strawberry, raspberry and Turkish delight. Great almost creamy palette offers a hint of spice and finishes clean .

Paired quite well with a number of Indian dishes, including butter chicken and lamb korma. A very food friendly wine.

Price:     $25
Source: Liquorland
Varietal: Grenache (93%), Shiraz (4%), Cab Sauv (2%) Dolcetto (1%)
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.turkeyflat.com.au

Friday, August 22, 2014

2013 Azte's Corner Rose

Indian food seems to match rose better than any other wine I've tried yet.  Friday nights, after a big week of work, seem to also pair quite well with Indian takeaway.  So tonight I tried the 2013 Atze's Corner Rose along side a lamb rogan josh and chicken tikka masala, and it was great.

Opens up with a big wiff of strawberry and a touch of pineapple and rose water.  Slightly sweet with fairly low acidity, which held up well with the Indian food. Grenache Roses have definitely found a spot on my wine rack.

Price:     $15
Varietal: Grenache Rose
Tasted: August 2014
Rating:   90   
Website: http://www.atzescornerwines.com.au/