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Domaine La Roubine La Grange des Briguières Sablet 2017

Sablet is one of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations in the southern Rhône Valley in France. This wine from Domaine de la Roubine is a blend of 70% grenache, 25% syrah and 5% cinsault. It has aromas of stalk, rosemary and a green bouquet garnis character. The palate is full bodied, with medium tannins…Continue readingDomaine La Roubine La Grange des Briguières Sablet 2017

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The Cenosilicaphobic Cat McLaren Vale Sagrantino Cinsault 2012

This is an interesting blend of McLaren Vale sagrantino and cinsault from d’Arenberg. Restrained in bearing, it opens to aromas of earth, red fruits and iodine. The palate has firm, dry tannins, bitter undertones and an Italian sensibility. Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $29. Website: darenberg.com.au. Source: Sample.Continue readingThe Cenosilicaphobic Cat McLaren Vale Sagrantino Cinsault 2012

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Triennes Rosé IGP Méditérranée 2017

The number and variety of Provençal rosés available in Australia seems to be increasing.  This is the best I have tried recently.  A blend of cinsault, grenache, syrah and merlot, it is from the Méditérranée  IGP region, which includes the Provence wine region in southern France.  The label was founded by some serious names, the founder…Continue readingTriennes Rosé IGP Méditérranée 2017

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Artea Alpes de Haute Provence Rosé 2016

This Provençal rose (from the Alpes de Haute Provence IGP in France) is so pale it almost resembles a white wine in colour.  Grape varieties are not specified.  However, this region is known for grenache, syrah and cinsault blends, so this is presumed.  Its aromatics remind of gentle florals.  The palate is flavoursome with nectarine…Continue readingArtea Alpes de Haute Provence Rosé 2016

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Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou Pays d’Oc 2014

A blend of syrah (60%), grenache (35%) and cinsault (5%), this is a moreish and enjoyable Vin de Pays d’Oc from the Languedoc region in the south of France. It’s a “vin biologique” too, i.e. organic. In the glass, it is fruity, yet also earthy and savoury. The palate is medium-full bodied, fruity and a…Continue readingDomaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou Pays d’Oc 2014

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Gérard Bertrand Cote de Roses Rosé 2016

This is a moreish rosé from Gérard Bertrand from the Languedoc in the south of France. A typical and regional blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah, it has saline and spicy aromatics. The palate is medium-full bodied and has fresh acidity. Lovely drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $26. Source: Sample.Continue readingGérard Bertrand Cote de Roses Rosé 2016

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Chateau d’Astros Côtes de Provence Rosé 2014

This is a typical Côtes de Provence rosé from Chateau d’Astros from the south of France. It’s a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cinsault, grenache and syrah, and has been pressed after a short maceration on skins in terms of winemaking. In the glass, it has saline and lightly herbal aromatics. The palate is medium bodied,…Continue readingChateau d’Astros Côtes de Provence Rosé 2014

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Saint Andrieu L’Oratoire Provence Rosé 2015

A perfect foil for fresh Barramundi and a side of salad overlooking the water, this is a lovely and typical Provençal rosé from Saint Andrieu.  A blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault, it has a fresh aromas of peaches.  The palate has good length and a lovely balance.  Top quality rosé here.  (Region: Provence, South…Continue readingSaint Andrieu L’Oratoire Provence Rosé 2015

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Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé 2015

Continuing the rosé discussion, this is a delicious and savoury Bandol rosé from Domaine de Frégate and a blend of 50% mourvedre, 25% grenache and 25% cinsault.  Salmon in colour, it has aromatics of spice, with undertones of salt and Turkish delight.  The palate is full bodied, with a fresh saline character from its vineyard…Continue readingDomaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé 2015

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Élodie Les Tongs Vin de Pays du Var 2014

This rosé from Domaine de Cantarelle is a Vin de Pays du Var, which becomes Var IGP (an indication géographique protegée) as of 2014, and is situated in the south of France 50 kilometres from beautiful Aix-en-Provence.  There’s a really interesting wine education here just decoding a few label terms!  The rosé is a blend…Continue readingÉlodie Les Tongs Vin de Pays du Var 2014