Spinifex Rosé 2013, Barossa Valley, SA

Spinifex Rose 2013 Barossa Valley South Australia Peter Schell Simple Palates Seriously

$23. Year in, year out, Peter Schell’s Provençal interpretation of Barossan Rosé ranks in my top three summer Rosé must-buys. Slightly different from the 2012 which included Eden valley fruit and Shiraz, this year’s blend is 62% Grenache, 24% Mataro, 8% Cinsault, 3% Ugni Blanc, 3% Vermentino. Also, it feels more Bandol than Provence. Pale salmon orange-pink colour, lovely youthful aromas of rose petals, lemon rind, spiced musk, fine herbs and hint of rockmelon. Rich, full-bodied wine with mind-shaking acidity. What’s impressive is the initial hit of spice and fruit, the broad mouthfeel, then it steadily fades away. A serious, layered Rosé, the alcohol tips 13.5% which is similar to a typical red wine, but the scaled down mouthweight makes it sufficiently easy drinking on a warm summer picnic. Have with rosemary grilled lamb sandwiches. Drink now. 92/100.

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I am a neuroscience researcher in Melbourne, Australia with a keen interest in wines of the world.
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