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, light of touch and savoury in impression. Rating: Good. Abv: N/A. Price: ~$20 (in half dozen). Source: Sample.
This rosé speaks of salty, humid air, and long warm days. A very light salmon in colour, it refreshes with its reminders of rose petals and fresh lemons. A blend of cinsaut, shiraz and grenache, this is a typical Côtes de Provence rosé to be enjoyed with seafood and summer.
I have tasted my share of Cotes de Provence rosé while in France, and I have seen a few now starting to creep onto the shelves in Australia. The continuing increase in the variety of wines available in Australia can only be applauded by the consumer. In many ways, this is a very typical Cotes de Provence rosé. It is designed to be drunk, without any particular pontification. Its characters are typical for the region, with its salmon pink colour and a light aroma of citrus and a touch of minerality. The palate is dry, and a lemony expression of rosé with only medium acidity loosely holding its frame together, and some chalky but neutral texture. A typical example of this style of rosé.
Rating: Acceptable, Abv: 12.5%, Price: $20 (500ml), Source: sample, Website: http://www.discovervin.com.au/ (importer), Tasted: January 2012