The Mystery Story
Why's this wine for you?

This stellar release is a blend of Barossa Valley Grenache (52%), Mataro (30%), Shiraz (16%) and Cinsault (2%). The vines are all dry-grown and mainly bush vines with an average age of 50 years, although the oldest parcels reach up to 90 years of age.

The resulting wine offers the kind of vibrant texture and crunchy line that were once the exclusive domaine of Provençal rosé. Not anymore. With delicate red fruits, watermelon and a little white peach, it's a bone-dry and gently textured wine with lip-smacking energy and nervy cut. The finish is long, pristine, and focused. Gorgeous stuff.

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The Brief
Net Volume
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Light Dark
Wine Scale 1
How's it taste?
A peachy pink, this is vibrantly fruitful, with a wash of red-berried fruit, wild raspberries, white strawberries, and redcurrants, with watermelon rind and orange oil, some dusty mineral notes adding a gentle earthy complexing quality. The palate follows that theme, with super-bright fruits that never drift into confection, a burr of grape tannin pairing up with the acid to give maximum refreshment value through the dry, mineral finish.
How was it made?
Made from old Barossa Valley Grenache (52%) Mataro (30%) Shiraz (16%), and Cinsault (2%) .  The range of source vineyards is broad, varying in age from 20 to 90 years of age,  (averaging  50 years) grown mainly in sand and loamy sand soils, with lesser proportions from loam over clay and deep red clays. Mainly bush vines, hand-picked, dry grown or grown with minimal irrigation – low input, old school viticulture – respectful of the vine and soil.

Chilled over-night, bunches are crushed and macerated prior to pressing and the lightly clarified juice fermented with both indigenous and cultured yeasts – almost exclusively in stainless steel – 5 %  was fermented in old French oak demi muids.   All parcels were matured on lees for 2 months prior to blending.  2021 Rose – bottled in late May, is one of our earliest Rose bottlings – the mild and extended growing season delivered rose wines of delicacy and great freshness – qualities deserving of  and best captured by an early bottling.
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Internal Review
95 Points
Simon Green
I read that Campbell Mattinson once called this wine 'pretty much the perfect lunch wine', but truth be told as far as Rose goes, and Australian Rose at that, this is worthy of any occasion. It's got drinkability in spades, but so too the excitement factor and interest. Very old-vine Grenache (some up to 100-years-old) give it a sense of regality. There's notes of redcurrant, strawberry husk, cherry and pastry, and then the most beautiful and evocative pale copper and orange colour. Easy to see where the inspiration comes from. Provence, via one of the Barossa winemaking fraternity's most heralded winemakers. Get on this indeed.
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