2012 Hahndorf Hill Winery Adelaide Hills Rosé

Produced at the boutique Hahndorf Hill Winery from the red Germanic grape varieties Trollinger and Blaufrankisch, this unique blend rose has started to attract serious recognition. Australian-made rose wines are fashioned nowadays from a variety of red grapes, including these two rare ones produced only at the winery's biodynamically-run vineyards in the Adelaide Hills Region over the last couple of decades. Kudos to Larry Jacobs, Marc Dobson and their team for embracing the alternative varieties bandwagon. 

Trollinger (also known as Black Hamburg amongst other synonyms) is a red grape thought to have originated in the South Tyrol and Trentino-Alto Adige wine regions and today is grown exclusively in southwestern Germany. Blaufrankisch, known as Lemberger in Germany, translates as 'blue Frankish' perhaps an indication of its noble origins, today rates as the second most important red grape in Austria. Recent DNA evidence has shown that Blaufrankisch is a cross between Gouais Blanc and an unknown Frankish variety rather than a clone of Gamey                                                                  as it was originally thought to have been.  

I've banged on about the rose 'revolution' for some time now and this example is a beauty. Stunning watermelon juice pink in colour, almost pink orange. Quite distinctive. Fresh, minerally, orange rind and red cherry aromas is what you would expect on the nose. There is some front palate sweetness to its medium to light body and then it s crisp, dry and savoury to the finish where soft strawberry and sour cherry flavours linger. A lovely, smooth textural mouthfeel. If this is an indication of the 2012 vintage, watch out for future ones.

Source: Winery Sample. Alcohol: 12.0%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $22.00. Rating: 91 Points.
Website: http://www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.au/

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