Sometimes we forget just how often wine can be used in the cause of good.

This year, we have seen a special bottling of Syrah and Pinot Meunier produced to help those in need in the Adelaide Hills to recover lives and businesses shattered by the 2020 summer bushfires.

Now, wine drinkers are being asked to open their hearts to another great cause.

Monies raised will aid all Australians affected by breast cancer.

Just like the Adelaide Hills wine appeal, this cause is equally close to the heart of the Australian wine industry.

Nikkal Yarra Valley Rose 2019 is a special wine, a celebration of life and hope, made by breast cancer survivor, Coonawarra winemaker Kate Goodman.

In 2017, Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 2018, she was named Winemaker of the Year at the Australian Women In Wine Awards. I was one of the judges of the awards and none of us were aware of Kate’s health struggles.

At the time she was a celebrated Victorian winemaker based in the Yarra Valley under her Goodman Wines label, and since 2016 had been working with Penley Estate in Coonawarra with the brief to make its wines more relevant and contemporary.

She has now settled in Coonawarra, but for Nikkal Rose she sourced fruit from her Yarra Valley vineyard and enlisted the aid of her great friend and mentor, winemaker Rob Dolan at Rob Dolan Wines, the man behind Sticks and Punt Road wines.

All profits from the sale of Nikkal Rose will go towards the good work of the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Kate hopes to raise $70,000.

Let’s help this great, resilient Aussie winemaker reach her goal.

The wine has been released today September 1, is available only in six-packs, and will be sold exclusively through Kate’s website:  www.goodmanwines.com

The cost is $150 for 6 bottles or $25 per bottle.

Nikkal Yarra Valley Rose 2020

Pretty, palest salmon-blush in colour and so inviting to the eye.
Lifted scent of fresh red summer berries: strawberry, raspberry. And rosebuds! Delicate light florals bring an extra layer.

A rose of wide appeal that is both super dry and with a brisk acidity working the mouth. So refreshing. It brings a fruit tingle brightness to the palate together with summer pudding, cherry and just a lick of cranberry tartness. It’s countered nicely with a light textural appeal.

Everything is in its place.

93 Points
Drink 2020-2022

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