2021 BONAIRE ROSÉ
Our BONAIRE ROSÉ is made from Carignan, Sangiovese and Shiraz that we pick and press together. Approximately half is fermented in seasoned oak, ambient temp, wild ferment on full solids. The other portion is fermented in steel on light lees and at a cooler temp. Post-ferment the two portions are blended back together and mature in seasoned oak on light lees for 6 months prior to bottling.
The style is bone dry but full of texture. Aromas of red cherry, sweet herbs and orange blossom, with tangerine, wild strawberry and spiced citrus on the palate.
“An astute meld of carignan, sangiovese and shiraz, the latter a back burner to carignan’s mettle and sangjovese’s frisk, intrinsic to quality. A wild barrel-fermented sneer at the ersatz Côte d’Azur endeavours of many. This is gently oxidative, chewy and full, destined for the table. Real wine-country allusions to Tavel. Deep coral hue. Maraschino cherry, bergamot and prosciutto. Charcuterie or yakitori. Your choice. 91 points” - Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion
Notes on the 2020 DUNE Bonaire Rosé:
Winefront 93 points : "He who controls the spice controls the universe. Tangy, tart rose delivering a sweet then dry and savoury hit of the style. Sour cherry Warhead lollies, strawberry, exotic spice all jostling. A light creaminess then a bone dry, pumice-like finish. Very thirst quenching in feel. Great gear."
Notes on the 2018 DUNE Bonaire Rosé:
Wine Companion 95 points: "Carignan, shiraz and sangiovese in this release, one half barrel-fermented, but both parts matured in seasoned oak for 6 months. Fashionably pale in colour, the bouquet is spicy and savoury at first, the fruit aromas quite subtle; watermelon and cherry emerge as it opens up. It's dry and textural, some fruit sweetness most apparent in the aftertaste."
Winefront 93 points: "Here we have carignan and shiraz contributing to a rose wine. Single vineyard, Blewitt Springs, oak and steel for its pre-bottle lifespan. Small batch stuff with an eye on minimal intervention. Buy into the [Lloyd family] legacy, stay for the refreshment factor. Pale, watermelon juice colour, that inviting sheen that says summer and crisp and refreshing. Delicate scents of rose petal, strawberry, faint spice. Mouthwatering immediately, fine chalky-crunchy texture, pretty with sweetness of red berry fruits that segues to a cool, fine, dry finish. Nothing over or underdone, just so, pitch perfect warm weather rose, with a bit of extra interest in its make up. Could guzzle all day long."