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Yering Station (Australia) Pinot Noir Rosé 'Extra Dry' 2004
Yering Station is one of the oldest wineries in Australia, with vineyards planted in 1838, and their first wine production in 1845. Today they seem to go from strength to strength under young winemaker Tom Carson, last year's Winemaker of the Year in the International Wine and Spirit Competition. The Pinot Noir Rosé really is a beauty, and much more akin to a lighter style fully-fledged Pinot Noir from Alsace or the Loire Valley than most rosé styles. It has a deep, cherry red colour and fabulous, berry-laden nose. Ageing in French oak barriques adds a delicate smokiness and spicy warmth, but this is a vividly fruity wine. On the palate it has real Pinot character: a fine truffle and damp earth nuance to sweet strawberry fruit, all wrapped in that sheen of well-judged oak and with a fine core of acidity that shimmers and lengthens the finish. An absolutely terrific and totally individual wine. Majestic 9.99, or two @ 8.49