Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ben Haines 2012 Flute d'Amour Rosé

Talented young winemaker Ben Haines, formerly of Mitchelton but now out on his own, started making wines in the south of France in 2010, using fruit from biodynamically farmed La Verriere vineyard in the mountainous Ventoux region of Provence. This is a bone dry rosé made from grenache and syrah grapes, although there are hints of fruit sweetness. It is pale pink in colour, wonderfully savoury - with some flinty, pebbly notes - and deliciously drinkable. More French wines are to follow from Haines, including a Rhone red. $36.

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