Saturday, 2 February 2013

Our best value dry rosé? De Bortoli La Boheme Act Two Rose 2012

The packaging just 'works'
De Bortoli La Boheme Act Two Rosé 2012 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
13%, Screwcap, $20
Source: Sample

Pinot Noir makes some of the best dry rosé.

There, I said it. Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Mourvedre and the like tend to get the attention in Provence/Loire styles (which the modern dry Australian rosé is edging towards), but I think the best rosé is made from Pinot Noir (Champagne I'm looking a little more in your direction).

Domestically De Bortoli undoubtedly set the bar with this wine (and their more premium Yarra Valley Estate Rose) with both a serious quality step up on most Australian examples. Or at least I think so.

This 2012 La Boheme rose is made with natural yeast fermentation in both tank and older barrels with some judicious lees stirring post ferment.

A light blush colour, the nose has that lovely undertone of strawberry. The palate too has lovely strawberries and cream fullness through the middle before a slap of  gritty acidity and a final whiff of cream on the aftertaste. Aside from that slight coarseness to finish this is very well put together indeed, both full of flavour and convincingly balancced.

Easily amongst the best rose in Australia and firmly on form here.

Drink: 2013-2014
Score: 17.8/20 92/100
Would I buy this? Definitely.