February 21, 2013

#winewednesday - Bethany Rose

Better late than never... it's still Wednesday in the US :-)

This week I'm talking about a Rose that I discovered on my last trip to the Barossa in November.  Hubby and I were heading down that way and taking some friends for the first time.  Our flight landed early and we had a little time before our lunch plans to visit another winery so we went to Bethany.  If you haven't visited Bethany you should.  It's situated on the side of a hill on the outskirts of Tanunda in the Barossa and is just stunning.  You could spend quite some time there... and we did (see our tasting wines lined up below).

Anyway on to the Rose.  

It's actually a Cabernet Franc Rose.  It's a little unusual in that it's made with a the red variety of Cabernet Franc.  The colour is a beautiful pink - not at all pale - more like crush rasberries.  And the nose is lovely - lots of berries and floral nose.    It's pretty soft to drink, fruity but not sweet, and on the drier side which is exactly how I like my Rose to be.  We've been drinking it over summer (in fact I only have one bottle left on the rack) and enjoying it over olives and dips at the start of BBQ's.  I've also cracked open a bottle with a Thai style steamed fish and it was delicious - a really nice compliment to the spice.  At only $18 per bottle at the cellar door it's a great buy.  Buy more than one bottle though because it won't last.



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