Firetail has a charming little cellar door in Rosa Glen, a place I know well – my grandfather farmed just a few hundred metres away from the winery – with a cosy tasting room, a deck out front to sit and enjoy the vista across the vines, a welcoming Samoyed and chooks clucking around – and excellent tasting glasses that really show off the wine.
They produce a good range from sparkling to dessert wines and all were impressive; I came away with a mixed dozen and will be back for more on my next trip to Margaret River.
Pale straw with hints of green around the edge, this wine, sourced from Rosa Glen grapes, has a bouquet of nectarine, lemon blossom and lime zest. The palate is fresh and elegant with tart lemon flavours, a touch of vanilla spice and minerals on the lingering finish which I supported by fine acid. (91)
Made from Merlot, sourced from Yelverton, this bright pink wines shows a classic strawberries and cream nose, with a wisp of toffee apple; mid palate sweetness gives way to crisp, off-dry finish, with flavours of raspberry and cherry predominating. (90)
Not many places where a 2006 is the latest release! – sourced from their vineyard in the Geographe region, this wine is deep red, with thyme, olive and plum aromas on the nose. The medium bodied palate shows flavours of plums, chocolate and mulberries, with fine tannins leading to a smooth, lingering finish. (93)
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep red, the grapes from Rosa Glen have produced a wine of some character – dark chocolate, plums and blackcurrant aromas abound, with a touch of mint lurking about. The full bodied palate is smooth and velvety, with integrated oak and firm tannins; flavours of mocha, mulberries, blackcurrant and vanilla produce a lingering, slightly astringent, finish. (94)
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