Spinifex Rosé 2016

Thinking pink has become de rigueur these days with the surging popularity of rosé wines and the unprecedented range to choose from competing for hearts, minds and wallets particularly throughout the warmer months. 

One of the more innovative rosé wines on the market is the one from Spinifex blended from 52% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 14% Mataro and 4% of the white variety Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano).

The fruit comes from old vines sourced from mature dry grown vineyards in the Barossa Valley that have an average, repeat average age of 65 years.

The 2016 is light salmon in colour and has finely perfumed aromas of cherry, guava, watermelon and musk.

Plenty of depth and complexity on the palate from the winemaking process delivering a style that sits at the medium- to fuller-bodied end of the spectrum. Juicy redcurrant, cherry, dried cranberry snd spice flavours are fresh and delicious.

Dry and chalky in texture with a slight crunch on the length but freshness is the feature here with its delicate fruit acids taking the wine to a pleasing savoury mineral finish. 

Thirst quenching dry rosé in the Provence style that should have a warning attached: Dangerously drinkable! Sit back on a balmy evening, sip this delicious Rosé and listen to the symphonic calls of cicadas in the backyard. Bliss.  

Source: Winery. ABV: 13.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $24.00. Rating: 93 Points. 
Website: http://www.spinifexwines.com.au 

Yarran Wines A Few Words Rosé 2017

Yarran is a small family-owned and -operated winery at Yenda in the Riverina region of New South Wales. A Few Words is one of its labels, the wines of which are designed to capture a particular region in an easy-drinking style.  

The front label of 
this 100% Montepulciano Rosé states 'Pale & Dry'. Yes, it is certainly that. Pale salmon in colour and bone dry.  

On the nose it's stewed strawberry and raspberry aromas with scents of cream and rose water.
Palate-wise, the bright, juicy strawberry and raspberry flavours with dried garrigue herbs and chalky minerality are carried through by a razor sharp acidity. 

The light palate finishes with a lingering touch of dry amaro like spice. If it wasn't for the wine's heat, this would be a very good rosé. Nevertheless, a flat out bargain.

Source: Retail. ABV: 13.0%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $14.99. Rating: 89 Points. 
Website: https://www.yarranwines.com.au

Elgee Park Family Reserve Viognier 2016

From the oldest Viognier vines grown on the Mornington Peninsula and possibly in Australia, Elgee Park has played a significant role in the 20th century rebirth and development of the wine scene on the Mornington Peninsula.  

This wine is pale straw coloured with a greenish tinge. 

Opens with lifted floral aromas. Apricot and orange blossom, passionfruit with a hint of pine.

The palate is redolent of apricot, white peach, passionfruit, honeysuckle, spicy ginger and flinty notes. 
This is a well-balanced wine, focused, plenty of acid to carry it through to the last drop and a little crunchy tannin.
There's a smidgeon of savoury complexity from barrel maturation.
It feels buttery but is balanced by the stone fruits, fresh racy acid and the crisp dry mineral finish.    

Even though this is still a light, fresh wine, it is a good interpretation of the variety. 
Will get more of that velvety richness if you put it down for a few years but firing on all cylinders at present.

Source: Restaurant Wine List. ABV: 13.5%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $30.00. Rating: 90 Points. 
Website: http://elgeeparkwines.com.au