2012 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Mataro Rosé

Effectively a Barossa Valley field blend composed of 91% Mataro with a smidge of Grenache and Shiraz, this is an unconventionally dark rose thanks to the Mataro's colour. Bright clear ruby red to a light purple in colour it appears more of a light Pinot Noir or a Gamay than a rosé. Wild yeast fermented in large oak puncheons with six months on lees make for a velvety texture.   

Aromas of savoury plum, sweet spices, freshly cut violet fragrances and gamey, leather notes. Complex nose. Rich raspberry jam and spicy blackberry dominate the palate. Boiled lollies, earthy tones and a mineral edge add further to the mouthfeel. Lingering savoury finish. 

Essentially a dry ros
é, it is more fruit driven and with bitey heat prominent on the back end, didn't make for an enjoyable overall experience. A different take on the rosé theme and for someone who prefers the paler, dryer Provencal styles, this one is too rich and weighty.   

Source: Retail Purchase. Alcohol: 13.5%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $19.00. Rating: 87 Points.

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