Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mount Gisborne Montague Pinot Noir Rosé 2009

Bright and almost stark, the Mount Gisborne Montague Pinot Noir Rosé 2009 is definitely not one of the garden variety Rosé’s that are currently stacking the shelves around Melbourne, and the rest of Australia for that matter, right now.

Made in the ‘Saingee’ method using the run-off or bleed of the main Pinot Noir ferment, this wine saw no new oak in its ferment process, with very old oak simply being a vessel for this wine as David Ell noted while having a little natter in my kitchen a month ago. In the bottle and in the glass, this wine has a definite haze look about it – almost a blush look as Erin countered; this is a result of no fining or filtering of the primary product. The nose is very prickly with a definite crushed strawberry feel about it. If the nose was anything to go by, the expectation of strawberry on the palate would not be surprising, yet this wine grabs a bit more than was expected in the mouth with, yes, strawberry, but also a lovely savoury feel about it thanks to the old oak imparting some juice from several vintages holding Pinot Noir.

Definitely the best Rosé I have seen in a few years.

Drink till 2011
Drink with grilled BBQ pork chops
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