Monday, April 19, 2010

Rose - Don't judge by colour

I had two interesting bottles of Rose in front of me at lunch yesterday. One was a Spinifex, the other a Yelland & Papps. Both are from the Barossa, and both are Grenache based. The Spinifex wine is very pale, the Yelland & Papps dark ruby. So you think the former will taste watery, and the latter like a fruit bomb. Neither was true. The Spinifex has great vitality and freshness and a serious linear structure going down the palate. The Yelland & Papps has more of a fruit flavour, but is nicely balanced with savoury flavours and an elegant finish.

There are many ways to make Rose. This has become a much improved variety in Australia, but try before you buy.

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