Henschke's Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

Wednesday 8 February 2012

De Bortoli, La Boheme Act Two Pinot Noir Rose (2011)

Yarra Valley, Victoria
12.5%, screwcap, around $20


Pale salmon, this wine bucks the trend and provides a refreshing change from the deep pink that has become the norm for Australian Rose. But do not be deceived by its light colour (which is usually associated with subdued flavour in other contexts), the aroma and palate are packed full with delicious and supple, savoury fruit. Pinot Noir has the lead role (94%), supported by a cast of unidentified 'aromatic varieties'. It was fermented in old French casks using Indigenous yeasts. Crafted to be consumed with food, this Rose was deliciously savoury, dry and perfectly balanced - 95.