It is apparently Spring – the hottest September day on record, followed by the wettest, and now looking out at the rain again on AFL Grand Final day….anyway, I am sure real Spring weather will arrive soon…a perfect time to be sampling some of the great WA Rosés that are around. More vineyards are responding to the rising popularity of this wine style and turning out great examples. In WA we have a number of which we can be proud and which certainly suit the coming warmer months.
From the Swan Valley we recommend those from Upper Reach, Mandoon, Lancasters, Pinelli, Lamont and Mann. Margaret River’s Brown Hill turns out their excellent Morning Star; and from the Great Southern among our favourites are those from Dukes, Abbey Creek, Ironwood and Willoughby Park.
Lancasters – bright pink; very evident strawberry and raspberry aromatics; mid palate sweetness, followed by a clean fresh finish. Again this is both a lovely food wine as well as for wiling away the hours in a sunny courtyard (as we do…).
Upper Reach Black Bream Pink – beautiful orange to pink colour, lifted raspberry and strawberry nose, sweet on the mid-palate. Well balanced and a great summer and picnic wine for those looking for a slightly sweeter style..
Pinelli Breanna – a somewhat sweeter wine with some confectionary aspects on the nose; bright fuschia colouring; mid palate sweetness; finishes dryer than that would suggest. This is a good choice for anyone looking for a slightly sweeter, but not cloying, wine.
Lamont Pink Bunyip – made from a malbec, shiraz and viognier blend; it has a bright pink, almost magenta hue; strawberry aromatics, with a crisp cranberry like finish belying the sweetness of the nose. A very well balanced wine; just right for lazy Sunday lunches.
Mandoon – a new release from this stunning winery. Made from cabernet grapes from the Bramley Research station; lovely bright pink hue; strawberry nose; some Turkish delight characteristics on the palate; well integrated; well balanced and finishing crisply. This is a good food wine.
Mann – this is a new release from Dorham Mann, although he has been making this for years for family consumption. Made from cabernet grapes it has a deep ruby colour; a somewhat muted nose and a bone dry finish. A different style than the others reviewed but well worth the journey to buy some – it is however quite a limited release.
Brown Hill Morning Star – bright pink; strawberry and rose petal aromatics; some savoury fruit characteristics on the palate; finishes quite dry.
Dukes – this is made from cabernet grapes; it has light orange/pink hues; strawberry aromas on the nose; long palate; crisp dry finish. This is another very good food wine from one of the very best wineries in the Great Southern.
Abbey Creek – pale pink; strawberry and cherry aromatics; light, fresh style; finishes crisply and dry.
Willoughby Park – made from tempranillo grapes, it is very pale pink; it is a well structured wine; cherry aromas; strawberry and cream on the palate; dry clean finish.
Iron Wood – lovely vineyard owned by Gene and Mary Harma where we spent one long weekend running the cafe and cellar door (while they were at a wedding in Perth) and beginning to appreciate what hard work this winery life is; this wine is pale pink; has sweet blackberry aromas; raspberry flavours; finishing sweeter than others but not in any way cloying.