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Xabregas Estate Rose 2017

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MOUNT BARKER, GREAT SOUTHERN

Varietal: Rosé
Current Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750ml 
Case Size: 12

TASTING NOTES:
A dry style of rosé, displaying flavours of strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant with fresh acidity and a fine, long structure. The wine builds through the mid-palate to deliver a savoury, textural and persistent finish.
"Decades ago Houghton used cabernet sauvignon to make high quality rose, but no others were prepared to go down that path, and even today it's not common. Here cabernet grapes were night-harvested, crushed, held as must for 4-8 hours then pressed to tank for a cool 20-day ferment. The result is a fragrant and fresh rose of red berries and no residual sugar. Perfect if fully chilled on a hot summer's day." 93 points, James Halliday's Wine Companion

"Sometimes when I assemble a range of fresh young rose wines I’m amazed at their colour. So much beauty. This example from Xabregas in Mount Barker/WA is one such. Such a gorgeous copper-like hue. The quality of the wine matches the attractiveness of the colour. It’s made with cabernet grapes and it’s a winner here; hints of blackcurrant, raspberry, dust and fragrant dried herbs notes have this singing a delicious melody. It’s juicy and energetic and it reserves a kick of flavour for the finish." 92 points, Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

WINE REGION:

Great Southern is a vast wine region, stretching for 150km in from the coast at the southern tip of Western Australia. The landscape is scattered with regal stands of jarrah, karri and marri trees against the magnificent granite peaks of the Porongurup range. Great Southern incorporates five official sub-regions: Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. As a whole, they produce a wide variety of wine styles. The region has earned an excellent reputation for premium Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicate riesling with great longevity from Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup is very highly regarded. Chardonnay is successful throughout, particularly in Albany and Denmark. Spicy Shiraz, classic cabernet sauvignon and merlot are recognised for their fruit intensity and structure. Good examples of pinot noir from cooler sites and sauvignon blanc are also found. Situated almost 400km south of Perth, Great Southern is a large and important wine region. 

FOOD PAIRING:

Grilled fish with salad.



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