Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Cirillo Estate Wines 1850 Vines Grenache Rosé 2011


Winemaker Marco Cirillo has made this Rosé in an Italian style which retains its acid to be a more food friendly style of wine. What else would you expect from an Italian winemaker?

The skins were left in contact with the must for four days and pumped over once a day. The result here is a darker cherry and ruby appearance. Natural yeasts were used during the  fermentation process.

I've always preferred Grenache as my fruit of choice in Rosé and this ticks that box very well. There is some fruit sweetness but this is also balanced by the dry finish. Raspberries steal the show with some slight black pepper aromas. The acid sits perfectly and the wine can be easily consumed with food or on its own. Goal achieved!

Many Rosé wines are made for the "drink now" time frame and with a little age, Cirillo's want to hold this 2011 back has worked treat. Enjoy now or up to another three years.

So very slurpable and perfect for that icy cold drink during a summer BBQ by the pool. A bargain for $20!

Who: Cirillo Estate Wines
What: Grenache (12% alc)
Where: Barossa
When: 2011
How: $20