Another warm spring day and I found myself fancying another Rosé. Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2011 had been chilling in the fridge for about a week, so I happily gave it a pour. Yalumba [aboriginal for “all the land around”] Winery was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith; five generations later Yulumba is headed by Robert Hill Smith and has the honour of being Australia’s oldest family owned winery. Yalumba is an industry leader in holistic, sustainable viticulture, with a belief that after 6 generations of ownership “the future is as important to us as the present”. They are diligently committed to reducing their carbon footprint, increasing biodiversity and utilizing both organic and biodynamic methods. From vineyard to winery, their wines are crafted with the least intervention as possible. They only use natural, wild yeasts and do not use any animal based fining agents, in fact as of the 2011 vintage, all of their wines are suitable for Vegans. The grapes for the 2011 Rosé were sourced from 4 different vineyards located in the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and Adelaide Hills regions.
Tangerine orange in colour, aromas of melon and minerals swirled about in the glass. Subtle flavours of strawberry and watermelon were joined by a bright acidity in the light body. Grapefruit notes and citrus zest comprised the dry finish. Light and tangy, this is a refreshing glass that enjoys warm weather and light plates.
Sangiovese [I could not confirm varietal percentage]
Bottled by Yalumba Winery, Andaston