It’s that time of year isn’t it? In Tassie, weather wise, you just don’t know what the day is going to bring. Take yesterday for instance. It was a really nice morning, albeit a bit chilly and then we got wind and some rain. Not a lot of rain but they were big chunky drops. By lunchtime, nice and warm with the sun showing its face until grey clouds appeared and more rain but it was quite warm and bordering on humid. Reading this back, I think the weather people need to introduce the term ‘confusing’ into their forecasts. It seemed Mother Nature was unable to make up her mind what mood she was in.
It must be said that the Rosés of today are not, and I emphasis ‘are not’, just made for summer drinking. They are so well made and most in such a style that makes them so universally adaptable, they are compatible to any situation be it weather wise, food wise, circumstance wise or mood wise. These two really good Rosés seemed to have been made in preparation for anything Mother Nature is prepared to throw at the wine and food world.
2021 Angullong Fossil Hill Sangiovese Rosé
In the words of my wife, it’s a pretty, strawberry colour. Very inviting aromatically thanks to fresh red berries and a touch floral too. The palate is the place though. It’s fresh, it’s juicy and a little savoury too. Red berries and cherries are the go here, a hint of spice as well. As you would expect, it’s nice and light in body but there is a nice bit of texture that provides some gentle palate weight, and lovely acid on the good dry finish. It had me licking my lips for more that’s for sure.
Region: Orange, NSW Price: $26 Source: Sample courtesy of Angullong wines and Define Wine
2021 Huntington Estate Pinot Rosé
Lovely strawberry aromas get things started and things just move on up from here. The palate is fresh, vibrant and full of flavour. Fresh cherries and strawberries are the scene stealers with this gem. Yes it’s light-ish but, similar to the previous one, it has a creamy/textural addition that seals in the flavour on the palate as it finishes dry, crisp and deliciously long. With the smile on my face, I was like a cat coming out of the dairy.
Region: Mudgee, NSW Price: $27 Sample thanks to Huntington Estate