2015 Eldridge Estate of Red Hill PTG

A rarity on the Australian landscape, inspired by the Passe-Tout-Grains Pinot Noir/Gamay early drinking red and rosé wines of Burgundy. Both varieties of this 50/50 blend are tank fermented together at Eldridge Estate on the Mornington Peninsula. A minimalist creation. Unfined, unfiltered and low in sulphur.

There is immediate appeal. Senses working overtime. Visually, it glows a deep bright cherry colour with mauve tinges. The colour of Charles Melton's Rose Of Virginia comes to mind. 

It's fresh and fragrant with cherry, sweet spice, forest floor and rose petal on the nose. 
The palate has crispness and crunch. Blood plum, raspberries, cranberry fruit flavours with a slight herbal, almost peppery edge adding interest. The red fruits give the palate a soft, succulent character that is framed by refreshing acidity and supple tannins. Long savoury aftertaste. 
The PTG is dry and light-bodied but there's a firmness and intensity for it to be classified as a rosé per se. Perhaps an insanely drinkable rosé on steroids might suffice as a description ! 

Will stand up to a chill and as a match to chilli dishes. A great find. Recommended.

Source: Winery. ABV: 13.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $32.00. Rating: 92 Points. 
Website: https://eldridge-estate.com.au

2015 Clonakilla Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

An early drinking quaffer from Clonakilla's 40th vintage, the winery renown for its classy cool climate wines, in particular for the ethereal and iconic Shiraz Viognier.

Clear yellow with lifted lemon and lime aromas. 

A tightly textured refreshing palate displays vibrant citrus, gooseberry, green pea flavours and racy mineral undertones. 
Bone-dry wine marked by a brisk line of cleansing acidity. Light to mid-weight and tightly knit.
Different from the SBS blends out west. No ageing needed here. Drink now.

Source: Winery. ABV: 12.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $22.00. Rating: 89 Points. Website: http://www.clonakilla.com.au

2015 Chalmers Heathcote Rosato

The Chalmers have long been in the vanguard of the alternative new wine order as it were and this Rosato is another example of that foresight and creativity. The make up for each year's Rosato changes with this vintage a 40/60 blending of oak barrel fermented Aglianico and tank fermented Sagrantino from premium Heathcote fruit. 

The wine pours salmon pink/orange blush in the glass. 

Fragrant aromas of redcurrant, cranberry, cherry and dried herbs.
Palate is dry, compelling and drinkable. Soft flavours of red fruits, savoury spice and candied orange peel. A textural palate enhanced by citrus acidity and grippy tannins. A long savoury aftertaste.

A truly outstanding Australian-made Rosato. Loads of interest, complexity and rather delicious to drink.      

Source: Retail. ABV: 13.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $25.00. Rating: 94 Points. Website: https://www.chalmerswine.com.au