Although it may seem like I’m on an Australian kick, it isn’t on purpose. I’ve just run into some good deals lately on wines from down under. This time I ran across a sale on Rosemount Estate. I’ve been acquainted with Rosemount Estate wines for some years now, having first tried their Shiraz because it was receiving high praise from many of the critics. And I have to say that I did enjoy the bottles of Rosemount Shiraz I had. Rather than trying to revisit old memories this time, though, I decided to branch out and see how they handle Merlot.
Winemaker: Rosemount Estate
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Notes: The color of this Aussie was a deep, dark red. It held scents of berries, earth and camphor in the bouquet. Acidity leaned toward the high side. The body was light as were the tannins, and alcohol was at 13.5%. On the tongue there was a core of cherry at the outset which brightened with oxidation to a young blueberry flavor. In addition, I tasted cedar, hints of herbals and a racy hot pepper on the finish. Not a tremendously complex wine, but just fine. Perhaps just about the right value at the sale price I paid of $6.99.