Willow Bridge Dragonfly Rosé 2012 (Geographe, WA)
12.5%, Screwcap, $17
I like the care and attention that goes into these Dragonfly wines. The ‘making’ is quality indeed.
This is a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Sangiovese, with each batch crushed separately and spending up to 24 hours on skins. Ferments start naturally and then inoculated with a controlled yeast soon after, the components than blended before spending a further 2 months on lees. Lots of making for a budget pink!
A bright, raspberry cordial red/pink colour, this smells rather more sweet than it actually this. That is largely a product of the surprising acidity actually, which serves to counter the residual sugar and freshen things up. It’s still a very simple, market-driven rosé yet not a bad one. That acidity is a fraction bracing and citrussy for the intended style perhaps, but otherwise full score for marketability.
Score: 15.5/20 85/100
Would I buy it? Not quite. Well made though.