Saturday, 14 May 2016

Levantine Hill The Coldsteam Guard Rosé 2015

I could sip on this all day long, but for some, Rosé is a dirty word. I threw the rest of this sample to a friend who immediately turned their nose up. "I don't like Rosé," they quickly fired back. With some gentle persuasion and reassurance, a sip turned into a glass which turned into a top up. Some cheeky little fist pumps from me followed to celebrate this minor victory.

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!

Drink now.

Very good.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $35
Source: Sample

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