Saturday, 14 May 2016
Levantine Hill The Coldsteam Guard Rosé 2015
The issue in this case being the perception that all Rosé is sweet. Some have suggested to me previously that these wines are akin to cheap "off cuts" of sorts, whilst others have simply said, "It's not red and it's not white so I don't know what it is." Ahh, the challenge to break perceptions never ceases.
Back to this. It's a beauty! Bone dry and loaded with red berry fruits, rhubarb, textural appeal, a lick of spice, and a moreish length begging for you to come back. Superbly balanced and nicely weighted.
It's a blend of Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet. The Pinot was wild fermented in ten year old French foudre, the Shiraz was bled off and also wild fermented in smaller old French oak barrels whilst the Cabernet saw 100% stainless steel. The end result is smashing. No wait, it's more than that. It's smashable!
The media release suggests long, languid lunches - oh yeah! Yes please!
Region: Yarra Valley
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