Levantine Hill Rose 2015 (Yarra Valley)
It’s Spring, so at some point in the conversation I am going to speak about Rose and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick that off than with the Levantine Hill Rose from the 2015 Vintage in the Yarra Valley.
Being from the Yarra Valley the Rose they make is traditionally Cabernet based. However, whether it’s something the winemaker knows that we don’t or there’s been some experimenting going on…but they use a small smidge of Pinot Noir to finish the blend of the Rose and that makes it a completely different animal as far as I am concerned.
It’s got the dryness of a Cabernet Rose and it’s got the aromatics of a Cabernet Rose but the finish on the palate brings out this lovely little cherry finish that is really brought to bear by the Pinot Noir. This is a great wine its sits in around the $30 level…it isn’t cheap but at the same time it’s not exorbitantly expensive, so if you want a really good quality Rose then I could not point you to a better one.
As far as drinking is concerned this wine is a bit of a chameleon because I opened it a couple of hours ago and it was showing flavours of watermelon and definitely hints of raspberries and tinned cherries.
But now I have been smelling and tasting it for the past half hour and on the nose whereas before it was very much a white pepper nose…all I am getting now if coffee and cardamom, it’s really quite lovely on the palate – you are talking about a really complex beast here…its gone from being very easy drinking to being a lot more textured.
There’s a lot more depth in the fruit flavours coming through as well. Before you had watermelons and tinned cherries but you now have fully ripe raspberries, black and red cherries and it all combines together with all these other spicy flavours. It’s a very spicy experience all the way through so you have the white pepper as well as the coffee and cardamom on the nose. The palate is quite spicy but still quite dry. Tannins are there but they are not overt…they don’t get in the way of the experience. They just improve the structure of the wine.
And I am really starting to fall in love with this bottle as I have a few more glasses. As I said it sits around the $30 range, it is a really good quality Yarra Valley Cabernet Rose. I definitely recommend it and I have it on the website. If you want to give it a try let me know. It is one of these wines that I have a funny feeling that if you drink it you will be drinking it for the rest of Summer. In the meantime I’m Nigel this is wine talk and thanks for watching.