|Mitchell Harris Rose
Mitchell Harris Rose 2011 (Pyrenees/Macedon Ranges, Vic)
12.5%, Screwcap, $21.95
It hit 34C here in Sydney today which makes it officially rosé weather. I well realise that I’m two weeks early for the Rose Revolution but I’ll take that to mean that I’m two weeks ahead of the pack…
This is produced from early picked Pinot Noir from the Macedon Ranges and the Pyrenees coupled with a little Pyrenees Sangiovese saignee juice. It spends circa 5 months in old barrels before bottling. Proper rosé then (and a proper salmon colour too).
Interestingly it smells of very little, the nose on the shy side with just a hint of nutty rose water escaping through that acidity. Underneath it’s fine restrained and light, as much a strawberry edged, textural white wine as it is a pink. That texture though is a winner, a light, crisp and finely detailed thing that looks like great sparkling juice without the bubbles. The only worry actually is the acidity, which is very firm (like so many 2011 SA/Vic wines) though the rose water and strawberry through the finish looks up to the task
A nicely finessed wine this, if quite a different wine to last years iteration. Quality rosé regardless. 17.5/91