Remember when everyone had a box of barbeque shapes in the pantry or cupboard for when people dropped in unexpectedly? You knew there’d be very few left by the time the crowd decided to go home. How good is it to know that you can go to the fridge, pull out a wine, not necessarily a white or a red, that you can pour into anyone’s glass knowing it’s going to hit the mark. Thanks to some good value examples now available, Rosé is fast becoming the ‘barbeque shape’ of wine. I think this fits the mould perfectly.
This Rosé has been built using “…early harvested merlot and shiraz”. I have to say, the wine confused me to start with. Tart raspberries balanced by sweet dried cranberries and a nice smooth texture. It was savoury but I detected some sweetness, a deft touch of spice and some fine acidity had a say on quite a good dry finish.
In the end I felt this was a pretty cool, refreshing drink at a very good price, however don’t chill it too hard would be my advice. It’ll please anyone that pops in unexpectedly.
Region: Mudgee, NSW Price: $18 Source: Sample courtesy of Robert Stein Wines and Define Wine