$22 from Vintage Cellars Albert Park. A rose made from Pinot Noir fruit from the Leongatha vineyard, fruit which are deemed inadequate for quality red wine. Don’t be put off by that perceived drop off in quality as the intention derived from fruit for rose is quite different than when making pinot noir.
Clear crimson colour. Youthful, earthy aromas of red berries and sweet baking spice, the aromatic intensity is more generous than what you’d typically expect for a rose. Dry, full-bodied rose, med- tannins, lovely savoury notes intermingled with red currants, sour raspberry and spice (touch of pith bitterness on the finish). Good freshness provided by clean acids. An indeal wine for food pairing, I enjoyed a glass of this with my sugarpea, heritage tomato and Shaw River buffalo mozzarella salad.
Purchase the 2010 by the dozen ($225), or the 2011 for $22/bottle at bassphillip.com