Let me begin by saying I’ve never been an overly huge fan of rosé and I think this has a lot to do with the wine’s pink tone. Wine which to me tastes like a white yet has a pink appearance is what I believe puts me off. Last weekend I was entertaining a few friends on a sunny afternoon, and while I was preparing my cheese platter, I thought to myself ‘it’s perfect rosé weather’. Knowing very well this style of wine isn’t always my favourite, I thought I’d give James Estate Wines Ben Braggie Vineyard Hunter Valley Reserve Rosé 2015 a go.
Produced using Cabernet Franc grapes from the Ben Braggie Vineyard in Baerami New South Wales, this vibrant lighter style rosé aims to mimic that of the French provincial style. Rosé gets its colour from the grape skins which are commonly incorporated in the wine making process. To create a lighter alternative, Alex Finnie winemaker at James Estate Wines only ran the juice straight off grape skins to give this wine its beautiful pink hue. Considered a drier textural wine, on the palate, it presents flavours of ripe fruit with a strawberries and cream character. This wine is delicious and to me didn’t taste like a white wine and presented its own unique character, which is why I believe I enjoyed it so much. It’s crowd pleaser and at a price point of $20, it presents exceptional value. Enjoy it with a cheese platter and a selection of cured meats (as I did) or with a Chorizo salad. As with most rosés this wine should be served chilled at about 10 degrees celsius.
James Estate Wines Ben Braggie Vineyard Hunter Valley Reserve Rose 2015 RRP $20. Available from James Estate Wines online and selected stockists in New South Wales. To locate your nearest stockist click here
For the wine connoisseur:
Winemaking process: 50% of the blend spent 8months in one-year-old French oak with the balance of the blend being un-oaked
Winemaker: Alex Finnie
Vineyards: Ben Braggie Vineyard, Hunter Valley New South Wales, Australia
Varieties: Cabernet Franc
Tasting note/Palate: Lifted aromas of raspberry, rosehip and liquorice with hints of spice and nougat. On the palate, Ripe fruit characters with savoury, textural elements and finishes with mouth-watering acidity
Alc/Vol: 13.5% v/v
Cellaring: Drinking beautifully now and will age well in the short to medium term