Wines of the Month
2007 Moorilla Muse Vintage Brut Rose
Got the winter blues? Indulge in a top bottle of bubbles and some winter seafood to brighten life up on these cold dark winter nights.
It has been established over the past couple of decades that to produce the highest quality Australian sparkling wine, we need to seek out the coolest sites for long slow ripening, elegance yet concentration of flavour and retention of acid - and the coolest part of Australia is Tasmania.
This is the flagship sparkling wine from Moorilla Estate, and it lives up to expectations of premium Tasmanian sparkling wine. Pale salmon pink in colour with a creamy, fine, persistent bead, thanks to four years on lees. Rich red berry fruit aromas meld with more complex honeyed, nutty, spicy aromatics. Dry and fresh on the palate, with complex savoury flavours tempered with tangy raspberry and redcurrant fruit. The acidity is refreshing, and a touch of dosage rounds the palate out nicely. Full, creamy and long on the finish.
Winemaker Conor Van der Reest should be very pleased with this very classy fizz - serve it as an aperitif at your next swanky dinner party - with sour cream and caviar blinis, or perhaps with some freshly shucked oysters. Just the thing to chase away the winter blues.
© Kate McIntyre June 2012
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