In southern hemisphere, summer is fast approaching. In Sydney, it’s peeking it’s head every few days before winter claims it’s rightful place yet again. While today might be a tad chilly, all of 11 degrees, next week is looking sunny and positively pink drinking weather!
Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to try some rose and pinot noir…
2016 Jacob’s Creek La Petit Rose
A: a deep salmon
N: attractive with inviting aromas of flowers, black cherry, strawberry jam and raspberries
P: this is a dry rose style, with some good acidity but lacking in what the nose promised. Simple fruit and one dimensional.
C: Good for quaffing, which is what it’s made for. Currently $18 at my local. Could be good for $10. Grapes or region not specified.
2017 Taylors Estate Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir Rose
A: pale salmon
N: vibrant aromas of candied strawberries, fresh raspberries and grass
P: this is definitely dry, almost talcum with racy acidity and quite intense palate of raspberries, strawberries and some hints of ribena on the back end. There’s still that grassiness that was showing on the nose.
C: Good for quaffing. Would be really good on a Sunday with some friends. Great value and very session-able, $15 at my local on special.
2015 Mandela Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
A: ruby but with definite orange highlights
N: jumping out of the glass in it’s pinosity with cherry, earth, black fruits at the core. Developing nicely, with hint of barnyard and meatiness.
P: dry, juicy acidity with nice fine integrated tannins that give good structure on which the fruit hangs pretty and yet quite savoury. Reminiscent of black cherry, cinnamon spice, earth and smoked meats. Has a long finish note.
C: Good pub drinking, where you crank open the bottle and drink it fast. A glass 30 mins later was much duller. Around $30 in retail, so great drinking right now, but this isn’t a keeper.
2016 Jaraman Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
N: muted nose but with hints of black forest fruits, some cinnamon spice and oak, a bit of leather – sort of reminds me of a hot summer morning while it’s still fresh but promises to be a scorcher. Very youthful.
P: dry, with almost luscious lashings of dark cherry, very firm tannins that are almost angular, sappy and chewy. The body is medium weight and is promising good things with dark cherry, cinnamon, leather and cocoa.
C: Very good wine with a future, probably will drink much better in about 6 to 12 months. I’d love to revisit in another 2 to 3 years, so pretty good value at $30.