Rosé sparkling wine from Tasmania is kicking some serious goals at the moment. In sparkling wine, it is a bit of an error to think that the Pinot Noir component is just fruit that wasn’t quite ripe enough and can be used to bump up the volume and bring a bit of red fruit characteristic. The skins of Pinot Noir bring both colour and flavour, and when used well, the results can be truly delicious, like this 100% Pinot Noir rosé from Stefano Lubiana.
A pale blush of a rosé with a delicate and sumptuous nose, I was swept away at first sniff! Flavours of trawberries and cream, redcurrants, raspberries and red cherries all warm from the summer sun, combine with hints of vanilla yoghurt and a hint of cherry danish pastries dancing in the background.
Some wines inspire a bit of poetic licence and I got very carried away with this one, the complexity of flavours, delicacy of mousse, the elegance of structure and long, lingering length made me go all Lizzy Bennet, writing letters to Jane back at Longbourne.
Seriously stylish, this is one to watch as it develops over the next decade or so, with those soft and fruity flavours making way for more savoury flavours, much as you would expect from a pinot noir.
Rated : 96 Points