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03 May 2009


Hahndorf Hill Winery Adelaide Hills Trollinger and Lemberger Rosé 2008

$19; 13% alcohol; screw cap; drunk MAR 09; 92+++ points
As this is the only incidence of either of these varieties in Australia, I’ll admit it’s difficult know what to compare a blend of them to. Compare? Campari’s a good start. All that blood orange, Curaçao orange and bright lemon, with saffron. And then the fatty acids, adding the smell of soap and rolled cold pancetta porkfat. Take a slug, and ooh! That’s viscosity! Somewhere between rosewater and turkish delight, making sense of the illusion of confectioner’s sugar in the bouquet. But then those citric acids swish back in, adding refreshment to the comforting nature of that viscous texture. Dusty ironstone and podsol tannins, reflecting the dirt outside, play neatly off that acid and you’ve another dead serious, bone dry rosé that will improve with a few more years’ bottle, or knock your socks off if you have it chilled, now. Achtung!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Philip,

    We want to send you periodic updates about the goings-on at Bonny Doon Vineyard. Would you let me know the best email address where I can reach you?

    Patrice Riley
    Executive Assistant to Randall Grahm