Freeman Rondo Rondinella Rosé 2016

Dr Brian Freeman established Freeman Vineyards in the Hilltops Region of New South Wales in 1999 and to date is credited as having the only Rondinella and Corvina vines planted in Australia.

Rondinella is a thick-skinned red Italian grape variety that grows in the Veneto region of northeast Italy and with Corvina is classically used in the popular regional wines Valpolicella and Bardolino as well as also being used in the production of Amarone and Recioto.

This 2016 Freeman Rosé version is at first interesting in a rustic sort of way then refreshing and easy to imbibe.The saignée method is employed here to bleed or drain the juice after minimal contact with the Rondinella grape skins to produce the wine.  

Salmon and pale copper colours. The red cherry, quince and briary aromas are quite subtle and elegant on the nose. 
There is a juicy mouthfeel with dry, savoury earth off-setting the sweet fruit and rosewater flavours. The palate is somewhat creamy but enhanced by a mineral grip, soft, chalky tannins and refreshing acidity. Good balance between the sweet sour cherry flavours and the dry herbal character of the wine. 

Intense and powerful rosé for the vinous explorers and adventurers. Super value for a very good wine.

A fun fact. In 2005 DNA evidence found that Corvina was a parent variety to Rondinella.

Source: Retail. ABV: 13.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $20.00. Rating: 90 Points.  

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