Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ The Hedonist Rose, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2010 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: McLaren Vale of Australia, home of world-renowned shiraz, would seem an unlikely place for rose wines to take root.  But here is one, and one with some good buzz as well.  Let's explore it.

This is The Hedonist Rose, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol.  This is a blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot.

Inspired by this wine, August, 2015:  Stepping barefoot through the strawberry fields, picking and sampling liberally as we go.

Original tasting and review, August, 2011:
In the glass: The Hedonist is a light ruby red with pink highlights, deeper than most roses I've experienced.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows deep fruit aromas of berries and branches.  From the aroma, seems like this will be almost more dry light red than rose in style.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a balanced mid palate of dry red berries and sleek, mineral mouth feel.  A blend of merlot flavors and chardonnay mouth-feel.  Acids are in check, just sufficient to keep the sip bright.  Finish is modest and clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, full day at room temperature in partially filled bottle:   Brighter, more aromatic berries on the nose now.  The mouthfeel is sleeker and more mineral now as well.  Enough so to add a plus for this classy balance.  Becomes a good value with this surprisingly-helpful long decant. 

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