Last year it was chardonnay as the three wine makers went to head to head in competition, this year we see the results of Tête-à-Tête à Trois Rosé challenge – and three excellent wines have been produced by Josh, Rachel and Josh.
A recent unveiling and judging at Budburst bar in Mt Hawthorn resulted in a confounding three way tie, and not having been able to attend due to an absence in Canberra, I went along on the weekend to sit on the veranda at Myattsfield, looking over the vines to check the three out and to see what my tastebuds revealed.
Founder of the winery, Josh Davenport produced an interesting wine – made from an unusual blend of Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River and Pinot Noir from Manjimup with a little Shiraz juice added prior to bottling. A bright pink hue, the Founder rosé has an intensely aromatic nose, with aromas of strawberries and a touch of tropical fruit belying the crisp, clean palate abounding with raspberry and black cherry flavours, spicy notes and fine acidity.
The second of the wines, the Flyer, a sparkling from the hands of Rachel Davenport, made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, is lightly coloured and shows raspberry and strawberry aromas, a creamy mousse, and fine, persistent bead. It is an elegant, crisp and satisfyingly long finishing wine.
Finally we come to the Factotum, made by the second Josh – Josh Uren – from Mourvédre is very pale, almost salmon pink in colour, in the manner of Provence, and exhibits lifted strawberry and white peach aromas, a very dry and spicy palate, with flavours of pomegranate and nectarine.
As for the winner – well on the day, on the veranda, I came to one conclusion, but after buying a few bottles and trying them again, this time with food, and in the company of the good lady FWO, my order has reversed.
So for me, the unusual blend, the Founder, just edges out the Flyer by a nostril, with the Factotum half a head back in third spot. However, do yourself a flavour and get up to the winery and try them for yourselves; it is a great place and with a change in licence so a glass of wine can be purchased and consumed, along with cheese, it is even more inviting.