Glorious Barossa Grenache Shines Again
Harem 'Rosita' Barossa Valley Grenache Vermentino 2017
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Fabulous wine and the best rose we have offered since the miracle Rosita 2006 with its herbal, faintly bitter, finishing twist. You can make Rose in any wine region and really use any variety. If you are not serious you just add some red wine to colour white wine and-presto.
In my view the correct Barossa Rose is made from a base of Grenache with lesser amounts of varieties like Mataro or in this case Vermentino to heighten complexity. Grenache is a variety which takes a long time to ripen and accumulate colour and must be grown in a warm region, the Barossa being the perfect home.
I vividly recall Kaiser Stuhl Grenache Barossa Roses of the 1970s which were delicious though this correct style passed into mass produced sweeter wines. Only in the last 10 years has a serious attempt been resumed to create this authentic, classic warm climate rose.
Benjamin worked closely with another winemaker on this project and after many trials discovered the addition of Vermentino gave the back palate lift they were seeking. A brilliant wine of distinction and character.