Angove Nine Vines Rose 2008

Recommendation: Recommend as a buy

Winery/Producer:Angove Family Winemakers; Renmark, South Australia

Grape Variety: Rosé blend (70% Grenache, 30% Shiraz)

Geographic Origin: South Australia

Vintage: 2008

Price: $11.50

Purchased From: Village Tavern; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Pared With: 1st and 2nd Tasting:Salad


    He said: 1st Tasting: Pale red color. Light fruity aroma in the bouquet. Nice full raspberry flavor that finished with a dry taste. Because this wine is so pale colored you don’t expect much flavor, however it’s just the opposite. It’s full of fruit and the acidity gives it a nice crispness. The finish does have just a tad of bitterness to it. Because this wine is so fruity it gives the impression that it is sweet, but actually has a dry finish. We very seldom drink Rosé, but this was a nice surprise. At $12 it’s not a bargain but it is good.

    2nd Tasting: Strong barn-yard and raspberry that carry through the medium length finish. Light, refreshing and FULL of flavor. We’ve gone from non-Rosé drinkers to true believers in a very short time…this is a very delicious wine and it gets a strong buy on the second bottle.

    She said: 1st Tasting: The hot salsa in the salad overwhelmed the wine so I ate the salad, cleared the palette and sipped the wine alone. Light red color. Earthy bouquet and fruit flavor, soft, mellow and smooth with no harshness. Finishes with earthiness and a slight touch of bitterness. In between dry and sweet. I would like to try this with a more suitable dinner. Good wine at the $12 price and could be excellent with the right dinner.

    2nd Tasting: The label of this wine tells you to pair it with chicken salad or chicken curry, wished I had. The flavors of both of those would be delicious with this wine. As you can imagine my dinner and the wine did nothing for each other. The pale red color was inviting and my first sniff of the bouquet reminded me of burned wood after a rain. The flavor was fruity and earthy, the body was medium, and the finish was long and flavorful with no touch of the bitterness that I tasted in the first bottle. Semi-dry with a touch of tannins, this wine deserves a taster dinner than I ate with it, but the wine still stood out