La Bohème Act Two Dry Pinot Noir Rosé 2016


When the De Bortoli family launched this wine in 2010, the Rosé Revolution was also born as a celebration of the dry rosés produced in Australia at a time when this type of rosé was barely on wine lovers radar. Now, when visiting a small local bottle shop in Australia, you have a much greater chance of finding a dry rosé, it may even be pale, in amongst the candy coloured, off dry pinks. There is even a good chance Read More

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Rob Dolan True Colours Dry Rose 2013

roseIf you love pale dry rose, then you will have probably come across Rob Dolan from the Yarra Valley. The team have chosen Cabernet Sauvignon as the dominant grape here while many Australian rose winemakers choose shiraz or pinot as their grape of choice. Yarra Cabernet is known for its elegance and this is very apparent in this rose.

Fragrant and spicy raspberry, strawberry fruit is perfumed by some rose petal on the nose. Even though it is a pale rose, it falls into the fuller, not full, body realm. Ripe tannins give a slight grip on the otherwise smooth as silk polish and support the concentrated fruit weight. With a savoury spice and floral finish, the flavours hang around well into the next sip. An excellent choice for drinking with food although it certainly does not need it.

Date:  March 2015   Price:  $24    Value: $$   Drink: Now

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Toolangi Chardonnay 2011

This is a chardonnay for those who like tradition but with a freshness. A single vineyard wine sourced from Dixons Creek vineyard in the Yarra Valley, the same vineyard for Toolangi’s Reserve version which you pay more than double the price for.  While this wine lacks some of the depth and detail that the Reserve has, it still has plenty to offer for its price.

The aromas open up to a light buttery stonefruit and pineapple pie in a spice laced crust. While there is a firmness to the fruit, the acid has a soft touch. A long finish of spicy savoury honeyed toast rounds off the mouthful. Ah yes, this is a chardonnay that will be as welcome at lunch or dinner as it is to join a meeting of friends. 

Date:  April 2014   Price:  $25  Value: $$$   Drink: Now – 3 years

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One decadent night … look what escaped the cellar!

No wine horror stories here…. Just two clarets and a Jimmy…

and a night spent with good friends…

Yarra Yering No 1, Wolf Blass Black Label and Chateau Poujeaux

And the selection was: Yarra Yering No. 1 1999, Wolf Blass Black Label 1998 and Chateau Poujeaux 1998

This year has been our year for letting wine escape from our cellar. We have found that we were squirrelling away our wines and not appreciating them as we intended when we purchased them a decade or so ago. And so, we are beginning to rectify this and here are some we shared with friends this month.  Friends, incidentally, that we also have not appreciated enough lately.

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 1999

This is Yarra Yering’s Claret blend – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot from Australia’s Yarra Valley. Everytime I pull one of these wines out of the cellar, I think of Dr Carrodus and his pioneering spirit on the slopes of the Yarra.  Read More

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Yering Station Pinot Noir 2010

Yering Station in the Yarra Valley produces smart wines at different price points and this Pinot Noir is good drinking for the price although I would give it another couple of years to let the toasty oak integrate more with the fresh fruit.

Fresh cherry and lush berries greet you from the glass. Although there is silk appeal from well judged oak, there is a slight sucking shape to the tannins which is then overlayed with fresh acid.  Enjoy with food – in fact with that acid balance, I would think that a mild but flavourful curry would be a good accompaniment. Drink it young with that couple of extra years.

Date: May 2013   Price:  $38    Value: $$   Drink: 3 – 5 years

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