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This is a completely unique little pink from a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. In 1999, Dr. Brian Freeman planted the first (and only) Rondinella and Corvina vines in the country. These North Eastern Italian varieties form the backbone of the world famous wine style of Amarone. This Rośe, made from 100% Rondinella grapes, is definitely something for the more adventurous drinker. Made using the classic saignée method, this exotic variety in Rose form, presents as a dry, savoury, spicy wine with plenty of punch in the fruit department. Look to try something a little different? This is both an interesting and a tasty drink.
What it Tastes Like
This is pretty interesting to smell on. Big punch of red fruit, a wicked herbal character, pretty powerful, as far as Rośe goes. The palate is dry, but there is plenty of fruit sweetness to of set the intensely spicy finish. Slightly dusty tannins and a lick of refreshing acid, this is a cool little drink.
91 points. "Massive drinkability to be tucked into here. Pale crimson with a slight copper tinge. Bright and inviting to look at. The fruit seems slightly sweeter the usual with this release, the caveat being that it’s within a savoury context. A good combination. Spices, earth, sweet berries, rosewater. Snappy and suede-like at once. Ripper to drink. Ever so juicy." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
VINTAGE Freeman Rondo Rosé 2016 is crafted from 100% estate grown Rondinella grapes, Australia’s only plantings of this prolific variety that produce a dry, savoury style inspired by the rosé wines of Europe. Meaning ‘little swallow’ in Italian, Rondinella is a versatile and generous bearing variety that relishes its adopted home in the Hilltops where at sunset swallows dart and swoop over the vines that gave this wine its name. Rondinella is a late ripener, typically harvested two months after the other varieties, in late April. This long, slow and even ripening is the key to its fresh persistent flavours and fine tannin structure. Made using the classic saignée method, draining the juice after a short time in contact with the grape skins, this palest pink, spicy rosé displays a dry creamy palate with refreshing minerality balanced by soft tannins. TASTING NOTES Ornithologists would recognise the colour as matching the eye of a partridge, a salmony pink that complements the wine’s beguiling berry and lime blossom aromas, characteristic spice and refreshing, lingering palate. This wine is a delicious aperitif – serve chilled with briny, freshly shucked oysters because the soft tannins harmonise with the metallic zinc of these molluscs. The style also matches well with antipasto, grilled salmon or spaghetti marinara.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until:
About the Producer
Freeman Vineyards was established in 1999 by Dr Brian Freeman, previously the Professor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, in the Hilltops region of New South Wales. It boasts some unique varieties in the Hilltops region, a true pioneering producer of NSW.
This is one to watch. The Hilltops in NSW has some huge potential. The high altitude vineyards in this region are producing some of the most epic cool climate Syrah/Shiraz and Cabernet on the market at the moment. With a relatively low profile (for now), the value to be had in this area is second to none. But get in quick, the word is getting out and it wont be that way for long. Love yourself the more refined side of Shiraz? The Hilltops is a place you really need to check out.
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