2022 Francesca Grillo Rosato di Sangiovese

Special & Pure.

A Rosato bearing my mothers name that expresses her softly spoken manners in a style she orchestrated me to vinifi for her via her upbringing of a natural progression of zero sulfite dosage.

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Region Barossa
Sub-Region Mount McKenzie & Moppa Springs
Altitude 355 – 380 metres
Soil Schist Rock alluvials & clay loam over ironstone shales
Trellis System Single wire
Age of Vines 20 years
Alc/vol 13%
Closure Crown
Yield per Acre 2.5 ton
Total Production 3600 x 750ml bottles
Winemaking Handpicked during the first cool light hours of the morning, 100% whole bunch basket pressed to seasoned puncheon French oak for natural fermentation with lees aging for 6 months prior to bottling.
Vineyard Sangiovese vines from our original farmhouse located at Mt McKenzie at an altitude of 380mt that lays upon a clay loam and shaley schist rock bed.
Second vineyard located at Moppa Springs at an altitude of 355mt that lays upon red clay loam and irone stone
Vintage Very mild through spring and summer, with good top-up rainfall, a mild long dry summer has fruit of amazing flavours and natural holding acidity
Style Beautifully perfumed & complex, aromatics of musk, white cherries & aniseed. Bursts of flavours carry through from the aromatics with spicy acidity, chalky crunchy texture, salivating & dry



All Sangiovese. All Dom Torzi. This bloke knows what he’s doing when he makes wine.

It’s a little wild, some cap gun smokiness, but it’s really engaging. White cherry, fennel, musk, raw almond and spice, ruby red grapefruit. It’s bright, zesty and full of energy, blood orange and spice, a fine peppery texture and flavour, cool and distinctly Italianate, with a long crisp finish. Excellent. A rosato packed with character and interest.

Not your average rosato, that’s  for sure.

Ozwine Review Andrew Graham MW


Right, so here is an example of a rosé that is not shit to start my dive into the blush wine pile.

Dom ‘Midas’ Torzi can make magic happen with all sorts of grapes (oh, and olives), here he has spun Barossa/Eden Valley Sangiovese into a proper rosé AND with no sulphur added.

*insert wine glass doing a hat tip emoji*

Seriously, this Torzi Matthews Francesca Grillo Rosato di Sangiovese 2022 sits upright on the generosity and freshness balance beam, with pink grapefruit, forest berries, a little leafy tang, the lot. Dry, riper, not harsh, varietal, and soft-edged. Has a whisper of fruit tingle and some leafy lift, all of which makes it more than just another pink wine– just drink it.

Would I buy it? Yes.


There’s a lot going on here as a result of some pretty serious winemaking to create what is essentially a fun drink. Handpicked sangiovese, whole bunch basket pressed to seasoned French oak before natural fermentation and six months on lees. There’s a nice mix of cherry and watermelon with a slight Turkish Delight character. Dry spicy palate lifted with a fine acidity and sprinkle of spices. Most appealing wine for warmer month drinking.