Varieties: Sangiovese Tempranillo Grenache
Region: Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
Winemakers Tim Adams and Brett Schutz continue the Mr. Mick philosophy of making affordable wines for everyone to enjoy. In its 11th year the 2021 Mr. Mick Rosé continues to epitomize this philosophy with its concentrated aromas and flavours of strawberries and cream with hints of lychee and white peach to follow. A montage of fruit flavours linger on the palate before a crisp, cleansing finish. It’s a wine that leaves you wanting another glass every time.
Sangiovese, Shiraz and Grenache was crushed, chilled and held cold soaking separately in the press in order to extract vibrant red berry flavours from the juice. The juices were cold settled and fermented separately prior to careful blending, stabilisation, clarification and bottling. Very slight residual sweetness remains in order to enhance the natural fruit characters and balance the natural acidity borne from a perfect ripening period.
This wine can be enjoyed on its own or it makes a great accompaniment to Asian cuisine and dishes with a little spice.
James Halliday Wine Companion
A blend of sangiovese, tempranillo and mataro, the pale lipstick hue pointing to protection from oxygen, a cool ferment and early bottling. A scented bouquet of rose petals, spice and musk leads into an intensely juicy palate with flavours of unripe strawberries and lemon drops. Gold Medal Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2018.
The Wine Front
Bright in the glass and bright to taste. This goes all right. Jellied raspberry, strawberry and preserved orange flavours. You’d say there’s some fruit sweetness helping it along but boy is it enjoyable to drink – and it cleans up well on the finish too.
Mr Mick 2019 Rosé ($17): I agree with Adams and Schutz that this is extremely gluggable. It’s made from sangiovese and tempranillo, and epitomises Mick Knappstein’s philosophy about providing drinking that is real value-for-money. Every winery seems to have a dry rosé at the moment and it’s what we should be drinking as the weather starts to warm. This is better than most.