YOUR FREE WEEKLY WINE COLUMN FOR W/B 3 NOVEMBER 2008
wine with david ellis
WHILE sales of Rosé wines both here and internationally are on the up
– one leading British liquor chain now has over 40 Rosé labels on its
shelves – they've a long way to go before threatening more traditional
reds and whites.
But with summer around the corner they're always a good drop to toss
down well chilled on a hot day, and no matter what time of the year
are simply ideal with spicy Indian and similar cuisines.
The Hunter Valley's Tintilla Estate has just released its Sangiovese
Rosata di Jupiter 2008, a Rosé-style whose Italian-origin Sangiovese
component makes it nicely fresh with Cranberry-like berry fruit
flavours; soft tannins balance the residual sugar to round out the
enjoyment of this pretty, pink-coloured wine.
At $20 it's good-value and food-friendly with a slightly
lower-than-normal 11.5% alcohol level; team it up with anti-pasta and
pasta dishes, or with those spicier Indian selections.
Italian tradition, by the way, has it that drinking Sangiovese conveys
friendly feelings from Jupiter – the God of Sky and Thunder, King of
the Gods and also known as Jove…hence the word jovial.
If difficulty finding this wine phone (02) 6574 7093 or visit
ONE FOR LUNCH: BACK in the early 1980s David and Christine Fyffe
pioneered the production of sparkling wine in Victoria's Yarra Valley,
where in 1970 they'd taken a calculated risk and planted a small,
experimental vineyard at Yarra Junction.
They've had no reason to look back and their Yarra Burn label
sparkling wines are hailed both here and internationally for their
excellence and price-value; a new-release Premium Cuvee Brut has nice
lifted citrus and stone-fruit characters, and at just $19.95 is just
the drop for that next special celebration.
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 A ROSÉ by any name – Tintilla's Rosata di Jupiter
 SPARKLING performance, Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee Brut