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La Boheme Act Two Dry Pinot Rosé 2013

Region
Yarra Valley

Appearance
Pale salmon pink.

Bouquet
Lifted notes of red fruits, classic strawberry and hints of marzipan, gently aromatic.

Palate
Dry, some savouriness, textural and moreish.

Vintage Conditions
2013 is an exciting vintage for Pinot Noir with terrific balance of flavour, texture, 'partridge eye' appearance and lovely Pinot perfume.

Winemaking
Fruit is harvested and pressed immediately with no pressings fraction. We are looking for lots of flavour in the juices. The pink juice is settled overnight and racked to small casks and allowed to ferment with indigenous yeast. The casks get a little stirring of lees at the end of fermentation to give creaminess and complexity.

Wine Analysis
Alc/Vol: 13.0%
pH: 3.65
TA: 5.0g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.0g/L

Cellaring
Drink now or keep for 2-3 years in a good cellar.

88 Points
"Light salmon pink colour with purple tinge. Slightly estery aroma with appealing red grape touches. Blueberry hints. Fruity, soft, near-dry palate with some charm. A solid lick of sweetness cleans up on the finish with some tannin. Light and balanced and easygoing."

Huon Hooke, The Wine Guide 2015, December 2014

94 Points
"Salmon-pink; the complex bouquet (and colour) strongly suggest total or partial barrel fermentation in used oak, lacing the red fruits of the pinot noir with savoury/spicy overtones. This is a serious rose, made for food."

James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, July 2014

92 Points

A core of Pinot Noir provides aromatic lift and a generous, fleshy mid-palate, while a touch of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo offer grip, focus and taut, fine texture. Notes of pink pepper linger on the finish.

Tyson Stelzer, WBM, December 2013

"Seriously good rose that after just four vintages already holds sway as one of the best doing the rounds. Strawberries and cream, spicy undertones, savoury characters, balanced acidity and a bone dry finish."

Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury, December 2013

4.5 Stars
"Steve Webber and his wife, Leanne De Bortoli, who head the Victorian Yarra Valleybased arm of the De Bortoli family wine company, have been prime movers in winning greater public appreciation of Australian rosés. While encouraging other producers to join in the Rosé Revolution, they have put great effort into producing seriously good rosés like this. It is salmon pink, has rose petal scents and zips on to the front palate with strawberry flavour. Redcurrant, lemongrass and apple peel characters chime in on the middle palate and the finish shows dry flinty acid. The La Boheme wines honour the links between the Yarra Valley and diva Dame Nellie Melba and her acclaimed role as Puccini’s tragic heroine Mimi."

John Lewis, Newcastle Herald, December 2013

91 Points
"I do like the La Boheme Pinot Rosé but I miss the Estate version which I don’t believe has been made since the 2011 vintage. A matter of market demand? This is fermented in small casks using indigenous yeasts and given a little lees stirring at the end of fermentation. Made from 94% Pinot Noir with a splash of other aromatic varieties.

Cherry and pomegranate perfume with citrus and a hint of earthiness. Creamy at first then phenolics pull the palate tight like my purse strings, leaving a spicy taste in the mouth. Good drinking – at its best with some food to utilise that tannin."

Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, November 2013

94 Points
"Salmon-pink; the complex bouquet (and colour) strongly suggest total or partial barrel fermentation in used oak, lacing the red fruits of the pinot noir with savoury/ spicy overtones. This is a serious rosé style, made for food; like the Langmeil, it offers exceptional value for money."

James Halliday, The Australian, James Halliday Top 100 Wines, November 2013

92 Points
"A core of pinot noir provides creamy softness, sangiovese and nebbiolo add grip and the influence of old barrels provide savoury complexity. The result is a pale and refreshing rosé of generous, fleshy mid-palate and taut, focused and finely textural finish, alive with flavours of pomegranate, watermelon and pink pepper."

Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, September 2013

93 Points
"The best of this label I have seen. Autumnal, meaty, strawberried, creamy. Trying for more grip in the wine and it shows. Has a twiggy grippiness. Vapour trail of fruit and herbs and leaves. Perfect young, dry rose"

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, September 2013

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