Mix Six Wine November: Drink Pink
Rosé is having a bit of a moment and we’re wholeheartedly riding its flavour-filled, food-friendly wave. As such, we’ve searched near and a little far to present you a mix of six delectable wines which are varietally – and regionally – nuanced. They highlight the joys of stylistic interpretation and, best of all, are primed for warm weather consumption.
2017 Jamsheed ‘Candy Flip’ Pét-Nat
A pét-nat comprised of Heathcote and Yarra Valley-sourced Mourvédre, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Winemaker, Gary Mills, insists that this wine is made for easy drinking over spring and summer and we definitely concur – it contains an energetic fruit profile, a hint of sweetness and is great as an aperitif.
2017 Blackhearts x Ravensworth ‘Grafted Series # 3’ Nebbiolo Rosé
Put simply, we’re all beyond chuffed to share this special rosé with you. Crafted in collaboration with our great mate, Bryan Martin, the brief was simple: crowd pleasing, textural, savoury and intriguing. The result? “I think this shows Nebbiolo’s typical rose petal characters, along with light red fruits, strawberry and a light berry tang”, explains Bryan. “There’s also some spice and texture with a savoury finish – it’s really how I suspected this to turn out and I’m very happy with how it’s looking.”
2017 Medhurst Estate Rosé
From the Medhurst Estate crew, who consistently turn out some of Yarra Valley’s smartest rosés. This, the ‘Estate’ offering, holds an eye-catching, burnished-orange-salmon hue which ticks the presentation box, but the wine itself showcases much more: faint strawberry notes mingle with echoes of blossom and jasmine, and while deliciously dry, the beautifully-judged texture carries each summer flavour seamlessly. Makes us want to own a yacht. Who are we kidding? We can’t afford a yacht.
Yarra Valley, $26
2017 Combes Wines ‘Dem Roses’
Oscar Hermann – part-time Blackheart, part-owner of Monty’s bar and full-time great dude – has us psyched for the warmer days ahead. Because this, the 2017 ‘Dem Roses’ release under his Combes Wines label, is pretty much sunshine in a bottle. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Vue on Halycon’ vineyard in the Yarra, it features notes of peach fuzz, light-red-jubey fruits, good concentration and a savoury-reductive edge.
Yarra Valley, $26
2016 Francesco Cirelli Rosé
Francesco Cirelli, an organic winery located near the village of Atri in Abruzzo, has gifted us a compelling rosé of huge complexity for its price point. It’s a savoury example with notes of wild strawberry, strawberry gum and plum, before a bitter Campari-esque finale. One for your next barbecue.
2017 Spinifex Rosé
A blend of Grenache (54%), Mataro (28%) and Cinsault (18%) which hails from the Barossa Valley, but smells and tastes like it could’ve come from Provence. Here, Pete Schell and his wife, Magali Gely (who is in fact Provençal), have delivered a wine of bright aromatics and balance: it vividly displays crunchy red fruits, peach blossom and a refreshing line of acidity – reminiscent of great wines from the southern French coast.
Barossa Valley, $28
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