The esteemed Rockford from the Barossa Valley fashion a rosé each year from the vitis vinifera intra-specific crossing, alicante bouchet. I don’t see a lot of alicante bouchet in the market place, so I am going to suggest that it is not very common.
So, how’s the wine then? It has its place, though I didn’t like it that much. However, I don’t wish to be too critical, as I don’t mind some off-dry styles, rosé d’Anjou being one example. That said, this struck me as a simple wine that warrants only uncritical drinking. I drank it with an ice cube in the glass. A grape like aroma, with similar clean flavours on the palate, with its residual sugar evident. Its redeeming feature is its low alcohol.
Rating: Acceptable, Abv: 10%, Price: around $20, Vendors: www.wine-searcher.com, Website: http://www.rockfordwines.com.au/, Tasted: 2011