Freeman Rondo Rose 2016 is crafted from 100% estate grown Rondinella grapes, Australia’s only plantings of this prolific variety that produce a dry, savoury style inspired by the rose wines of Europe.
Meaning ‘little swallow’ in Italian, Rondinella is a versatile and generous bearing variety that relishes its adopted home in the Hilltops where at sunset swallows dart and swoop over the vines that gave this wine its name.
Rondinella is a late ripener, typically harvested two months after the other varieties, in late April. This long, slow and even ripening is the key to its fresh persistent flavours and fine tannin structure.
Made using the classic saignee method, draining the juice after a short time in contact with the grape skins, this palest pink, spicy rose displays a dry creamy palate with refreshing minerality balanced by soft tannins.
Ornithologists would recognise the colour as matching the eye of a partridge, a salmony pink that complements the wine’s beguiling berry and lime blossom aromas, characteristic spice and refreshing, lingering palate. This wine is a delicious aperitif – serve chilled with briny, freshly shucked oysters because the soft tannins harmonise with the metallic zinc of these molluscs. The style also matches well with antipasto, grilled salmon or spaghetti marinara.