Two more rosés : Molly Morgan ’10 and Robert Stein ’10
It’s been another steamy day here in Sydney today, in the classic Sydney summer sort of fashion – rain, then sunshine (and maybe rain again?) with no shortage of humidity along the way. Given this sort of weather, a cheeky rosé seems just the ticket, and why stop at just one? It’s a quite different pair of wines too, which works out quite nicely indeed.
Molly Morgan Rosé 2010 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
$20, Screwcap, 12.5%
I’m guessing that this is Shiraz based, but with little information on the label it’s something of an educated guess…
It certainly looks like Shiraz rosé in the glass, with a deep, Cottee’s red cordial colour that is rather bright and quite dense. On the nose it’s all raspberry fruit, a whip of volatility, and some candied sweetness. It tastes much the same really, with sweet, peppery raspberry fruit, restrained sweetness and a warming finish.
It’s all quite demure actually, built ripe, yet all together not as chunky as the colour might suggest, making for a pleasant wine that just needs a little more personality for top marks. Pleasant is a good word for it actually. 16.5/88
Robert Stein Cabernet Rosé 2010 (Mudgee, NSW)
12.5%, Screwcap, $15
Early picked Cabernet is the choice for this particular pink, a combination (early picked and Cabernet) which doesn’t typically make for the finest wines…
And it looks awkward here. All over the place even, with a pale sort of orange red colour in an almost archetypal ‘pale and textural’ fashion. It doesn’t follow the archetype though, with a nose of red cherry, Azuki icecream (which is on my mind after having some recently) and some green vege unripe Cabernet fruit. Erk. The palate is super sweet, too sweet really, with the sweetness clearly competing (and winning) in an all-in brawl with the unripe, hard and herbal Cabernet.
The result? Definitely not for me. This is the only low point in the Robert Stein range that I’ve encountered. 14.5/82