By Fergal Gleeson
Cape Mentelle Rosé 2018 RRP $28
Cape Mentelle is one of Margaret Rivers’s founding and leading wineries. A high quality range from the everyday to ultra-premium wines is shaped by French Winemaker Frederique Perrin and her team. Cape Mentelle Rosé is vibrant and concentrated, tasting of strawberries. The acid is not overdone and there’s a lovely depth to the fruit which is predominantly Shiraz 65% and Grenache 15%. It’s clean and fresh and is guaranteed to disappear quickly at your next lunch!
The Cellar Door is open daily with a variety of options of tastings and private tours. Upcoming Events at the winery include ‘Cape Mentelle at the Movies’ – outdoor cinema nights commencing on December 13th until March 2020.
Cullen Wines Dancing in the Moonlights 2019 RRP $25
“Life is a dance!!! A dance between the sun and the moon,” says the back label. Winemaker Vanya Cullen probably allowed herself a dance when she was voted Australian Winemaker of the Year 2020 by the Halliday Companion. ‘Dancing’ is her Rosé, a multi varietal, natural wine that is distinctive in texture and flavour.
Cullen Wines was one of the region’s first wineries, is certified biodynamic and carbon neutral. But as Vanya says making great wine is most important of all. The Cellar Door is open daily. There are private winery tour options, accommodation and a ‘two chef hatted’ restaurant on site.
Calneggia Family Vineyards Rosé 2019 RRP $25
There’s a lovely balance to this wine made from 100% Shiraz fruit. It finishes dry with a bright acid that gets the saliva racing. Nice job from experienced winemaker Brian Fletcher.
The Calneggia family have been involved in wine in Margaret River for over 25 years. Their labels include Rosabrook, Bunkers, Calneggia, Bramble Lane and Brian Fletcher Signature wines.
McHenry Hohnen Rock Road Rosé 2019 RRP $25
Rosé is the quintessential summer drink. It’s not hard to see why with this lovely Tempranillo Rosé from McHenry Hohnen, which is dry and savoury. Tempranillo is less fruit forward than more commonly used Shiraz Rosés. Still Rocky Road Rosé is unashamedly fun.
For a more cerebral summer wine there’s Laterite Hills Chardonnay, a distinctive barrel fermented white. McHenry Hohnen farm biologically and organically. They hold a 5 star Halliday rating. Cellar door open daily.
From Your Margaret River Region Magazine