2010 Turkey Flat Vineyards Rosé

Rose has well and truly come in from the cold and Turkey Flat has been in the vanguard of the revolution. Like Riesling some years ago, rose did not enjoy a good reputation mainly because it was associated with wines that had a sweet cordial type nature.

From vineyards that date to the mid-1800's, Turkey Flat has some of the world's oldest shiraz grapes. The winery is located at Tanunda in South Australia's Barossa Valley.

The grape varieties that go to make this reliably favourite and unique rose wine are grenache and shiraz with smaller amounts of cabernet sauvignon and the Italian variety, dolcetto.

A vibrant pink/crimson in the glass, fragrant aromas of Turkish delight, perfume, herbs and red berries greet the nose. The palate is dry, crisp and well balanced with soft tannins and hints of spice and musk.

I'm a convert to the rose revolution that at present is justifiably gaining wide popularity and appears to know no end. With very few if any rules that regulate its production, rose wine can be made from a variety of red grapes. As long as rose retains some sweetness on the aromatics and a drier, more savoury palate with hints of spice, there will be no dissidents!

An engaging and quaffable wine that is very refreshing. Serve it slightly chilled and enjoy during the warmer months with spicy foods or just on its own. 

Source: Retail Purchase. Rating: 88 Points. Website: www.turkeyflat.com.au

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