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2017 Lowe 'Headstone' Rosé


Product Description

Variety: Grenache 

Region: Mudgee (500m), NSW Central Highlands

David Lowe’s Notes

It’s always about the colour. The first Rose I made in Australia was 1981 from Cowra Cabernet Sauvignon for Rothbury Estate, and not another one until 1992 when Neil Perry asked me to make a Rose for Museum of Contemporary Art.

It would only start to sell if someone else purchased one and it was on the restaurant table overlooking circular quay and the Opera House. People would buy the Rosé because from a distance it looked spectacular.

That was an important lesson. Light colour means light flavour, closer to white than red

Winemaker: David Lowe.

Colour: Very much the Mediterranean style; salmon pink, light in colour.

Aroma: Aromas of Radish and slight marzipan.

Palate: Flavour is dry with no sugar and a lighter alcohol taste of 11.8%. The wine is majority Grenache from Rylstone with lashings of Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz from the other vineyards that are organic. Fruit fragrance is from Grenache, flavour is from the other more powerful reds.

Cellaring: The wine lasts about 12 months in this form then starts to complex, the colour goes more orange and it develops a bit more taste. But I prefer it as a youthful cold drink.

Awards & Reviews:

"David Lowe has been making rose, on and off, since way back in 1981, so it's no surprise he's absolutely nailed this pale, dry, fragrant example of the style, made predominantly from grenache grapes." Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller Magazine 2017

"90/100 A fruit salad of sorts here. It's a good slurp too. Dry Rosé for your drinking pleasure. Grenache is the main variety in this heaped blend with Shiraz, Zinfandel and Merlot... The fruit comes off certified organic and biodynamic sites. Strawberries and dried cranberry fruit. It's got some texture which fills the mouth. Beautiful. Bone dry, there's a dusting of fine spices on what seems a never ending finish. Tick." QWine, Oct 2017

"...The lightish salmon pink colour does not prepare you for what your smell and taste senses are in for. Grenache is the undeniable star of the group. Aromatic red fruits with a hint of savouriness on the nose and palate... Definitely a leader in what I think is more of a rosé rampage. There should be more of it." Words from a Wine Glass, Oct 2017