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Rob Dolan True Colours Dry Rose 2013

roseIf you love pale dry rose, then you will have probably come across Rob Dolan from the Yarra Valley. The team have chosen Cabernet Sauvignon as the dominant grape here while many Australian rose winemakers choose shiraz or pinot as their grape of choice. Yarra Cabernet is known for its elegance and this is very apparent in this rose.

Fragrant and spicy raspberry, strawberry fruit is perfumed by some rose petal on the nose. Even though it is a pale rose, it falls into the fuller, not full, body realm. Ripe tannins give a slight grip on the otherwise smooth as silk polish and support the concentrated fruit weight. With a savoury spice and floral finish, the flavours hang around well into the next sip. An excellent choice for drinking with food although it certainly does not need it.

Date:  March 2015   Price:  $24    Value: $$   Drink: Now

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Hungerford Hill Dalliance 2010

 

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This fizz is often lauded as one of New South Wales’ best sparkling offerings and having tasted it several times recently, it is a wine that certainly stands up and puts itself forward. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes for this wine come from the very cool climate Tumbarumba region and display the fine ripe flavours and the acid to balance the bubbles. The Dalliance 2010 is a richer wine compared to the 2008 and it has evolved into a rich honey citrus and cinnamon apple wine layered with brioche and almond nougat.

Not only does it work as an aperitif, with that intensity and texture, try it with seafood, light canapés and starters too. Just don’t serve it too cold and really enjoy the complexity that the 2010 has to offer.

Date:  7th December 2014   Price: $35    Value: $$   Drink: Now, why wait

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Balnaves The Blend 2012

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Grab this one while it is still available. Cellar door has moved onto the next vintage however, you will find it in some stores still. It is a deliciously fun wine that overdelivers in spades. A blend of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Merlot (43%), and Cabernet Franc (6%). Bright plum and blackcurrant fruit, liquorice and dried mint is just the start.

The bold fruit displays vivacity amongst its depths. Freshness is key here, enlivening the palate with fresh fruit joined by chocolatey oak on the finish. A good drink without food, but I would love to see it with a plate of sausages, mash and lashings of onions and gravy. It is simply made to enjoy.

Date:  August 2014   Price:  $19    Value: $$$$   Drink: Now – 5 years

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New South Wales wines you’ve got to taste for yourself! – Part two

Toppers-red-earth-child-wmThe second part of Wine Muse’s celebration of New South Wales Wine. While last week we focused on more the classic varieties, this week we are highlighting just some of the innovative varieties being produced in the state.

 

Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2012 ($38) – Mark Kirby is the man behind Topper’s Mountain and is a passionate ambassador for the New England Australia wine region. Mark is forward thinking and willing Read More

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Wine of the Month: Il Mosnel EBB 2009 Extra Brut

It is no secret that I am a fizz fan. At a recent tasting, this was one of my favourite finds.

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Firstly some background. Franciacorta in Northern Italy is a great source of fizz that, partly because of the strength of our own domestic sparkling wine selection, is still as yet relatively unknown here in Australia outside of the bar and restaurant trade. I believe that this is a sure sign though that these wines will start to appear on more shelves. Franciacorta DOCG wines are quite different Read More

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