By Fergal Gleeson
Goon Tycoons Rapunzel Field Blend Rosé 2018 RRP $25
The Goons are a funky, small batch winemaking project. The Rapunzel Rose is a field blend of Nebbiolo, Merlot, Chardonnay and Arneis. Julian Langworthy, Halliday Companion Wine maker of the Year 2019, has won many awards for his Deep Woods Rosés and his ability with the style is apparent. The ‘Rapunzel’ is a copper coloured Rosé where neither the red nor the white fruits dominate. Finishes long with a nice crunch. Easy to enjoy. The Goons range is worth trying, featuring some lovely Rieslings, Chenin and the rare Italian varietal Teroldego.
Fraser Gallop Rosé 2018 RRP $26
Fraser Gallop’s Rosé is also a field blend. This time of Chenin, Muscat a Petit Grain and Chardonnay. “The Muscat nose jumps up with florals and Gewürztraminer like aromas” says Winemaker Clive Otto. “The Chenin adds backbone. It’s sweet on the nose but surprises by being savoury and refreshing to taste.” Clive picks up Gold medals for fun at wine shows for the Parterre range but his winemaking IQ is apparent also in this Rosé which is a standout.
Voyager Estate 2017 Project Rose RRP $24
Voyager Estate are on the region’s best known wineries. They are currently transitioning all their vineyards to organic. Winemaker’s note: ‘A soft, textural and slightly savoury palate, showing flavours of light, fresh summer berries, finishing dry with a clean refreshing acidity. It’s produced from a combination of designated Shiraz fruit with the use of the traditional saignée method from parcels of Merlot and Cabernet. The Saignée method involves bleeding off the juice after limited contact with the skins. Each wine was fermented separately with varying yeast and temperature regimes to maintain fruit purity and freshness. It’s made in an early drinking fruit driven style.’
This originally appeared in Your Margaret River Region Magazine