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Dominique Portet 2012 Fontaine Rosé

Region: Yarra Valley and Pyrenees, Victoria | $22

French-born winemaker Dominique Portet quite aptly describes this as a serious wine that shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

It’s exactly what a rosé should be — delicately coloured, quietly aromatic, crisply refreshing when served chilled, bone dry, a perfect accompaniment to salads and a great aperitif.
For those interested in the more technical, it’s a blend of 50 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 30 per cent merlot from the Yarra Valley, and 20 per cent shiraz from the Pyrenees in central Victoria.

I’m not sure I need say much more. Portet has long been one of my favourite winemakers and tasting this certainly reminded me why. Pay about $22 and enjoy immediately in gentle Tasmanian autumn sunshine.

Visit dominiqueportet.com.

— JOHN ROZENTALS*

*John Rozentals is a Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) graduate.

Samples for tasting and review should be addressed to John Rozentals, PO Box 3484, Rhodes 2138.