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Wednesday 2 March 2011

4 Orange Rosé 2009

The Orange wine region has two advantages: it has consistently produced a series of very good wines in recent years, and has an active PR business supporting it (David Cumming of Define Wine).
~ James Halliday, Wine Companion

David was a crucial supporter of the Rosé Revolution and instrumental - for me at least - in raising the profile of some excellent wines coming out of Orange.

This particular wine is crafted by 4 friends who work in the Orange wine community.  Very little about it appears on the internet and the address on the label leads me to the Union Bank Wine Bar in Orange.  A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grown specifically for the wine, it opens with juicy red berry aromas and a hint of some drying cranberry.  

The palate shows no breadth or depth to speak of - not uncommon in Rosés - instead the finish is where the action happens.  It shows the typical savoury, drying finish of the type of wines the Rose Revolution was promoting.  There's a touch of bitter acid at the conclusion and even a touch of tannin in there too.  That said, it is not a complex wine.

Tip: don't serve too cold as this masks some of the concentrated flavours that were revealed once it came to life.   Still it should be chilled, enjoyed with friends and food as befits the ethos of the wine made by the four friends. 

Source: Sample
Price: $14.99
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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