Port Phillip Estate Salasso Rosé 2022


One of the more exciting rosés to come my way this year – and it has some serious competition for that. This is a Mornington Peninsula special and cracking value. A blend of Pinot Noir and Shiraz, the grapes were whole bunch pressed with fermentation in old French oak barriques and larger foudre. The wine then spent several months on lees before bottling. The colour is a lovely pale sunset with the merest suggestion of a copper rim. The nose is redolent of strawberries, spices, cherries and florals. More redcurrants on the palate and even a tiny hint of a peppery note. This is fresh, delightfully exuberant, finely balanced in a dry, refreshing style and offering amazing length, with a crème brulée-like texture. Drink this classy rosé now and over the next three years.