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 of Domaine Dujac and Aubert de Villaine. In the glass, the wine has salt, mineral and floral overtones. The palate has good and refreshing acidity. This wine is recommended. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $20. Website: www.triennes.com.
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 of France, Rating: Good to Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now, Tasted: July, 2017)
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There are only so many appellations I can remember and I’m afraid Luberon isn’t one of them. The possibility that it may, on examination, prove to be a planet in the Alderaan system remained a stubborn thought. Closer investigation however reveals Luberon to be a fashionable and very sunny wine region sitting between the Rhône Valley and Provence and producing reds based on syrah and grenache. The wine? The 2014 Luberon from Chapoutier has aromatics of sweet cherry, game and raspberry. The palate is medium bodied and balanced. Perfectly pleasant for the humble price of $13.
Vendors and website: http://www.mchapoutieraustralia.com