Châtea Tanunda ‘The Château’ Old Bush Vine Grenache Rosé 2010 (Barossa, SA)
11.5%, Screwcap, $28
Whilst the time for pink wines seems long gone in the awkward chills of a Northern Victorian autumn, I’m quite happy to see such a serious, textural rosé tonight, especially coming out of the Barossa (which is better known for the slightly fuller and simpler, fruit driven style).
This is produced off old, dry grown, bush vine Grenache, and was given only a little skin contact before being wild fermented in older oak. Serous stylin’ there.
It looks as grown up as it sounds too, fitting nicely into the Rosé Revolution’s ‘pale, dry and textural mould’. If anything the colour is almost anemically pale in Barossan terms, with a pinkness that is straight outta Provence. On the nose it looks a little skinny too, with a sort of washed out strawberry and cream profile that smells correct if just a fraction underdone. Palate wise it’s quite gentle and textural, the creaminess and craft overshadowing the fruit just a little, with the acidity a buzzy addendum.
It all makes for an interesting and quite drinkable wine, needing only a fraction more power and penetration to be really convincing. Much to like regardless. 17.1/90