2021 Francesca Grillo Rosato

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
Altitude 380 metres
Soil Clay loam over Ironstone Shales
Trellis System Single wire
Varietal Blend
82% Sangiovese
18% Trebbiano
Age of Vines 15 – 116 years
Alc/vol 13%
Closure Crown
Yield per Acre 1.5 ton
Total Production 2000 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 7 months prior to bottling.
Vineyard Sangiovese vines from our original farmhouse located at Mt McKenzie at an altitude of 380 metres that lays upon a clay loam and shaley schist rock bed.
Trebbiano vines dating back to 1905 located on the deep white loamy sands of Koonunga Dunes.
Vintage Great to see timely rainfall in the Barossawith falls being during critical times of the vines production. Excellent fruit set, canopy cover and a mild long dry summer has produced glamour fruit with amazing flavours and natural holding acidity.
Style Beautifully complex, fine & dry with flavours & aromatics of rose petals, pomegranate, white cherries and strawberries all combining bright lingering flavours being crunchy & textural with cleansing fruit acidity.



Well here’s an interesting wine. I suspect it will be loved by quite a few, and leave others scratching their heads. It’s a pretty wild and sour thing, a bit meaty, stinky and yeasty, yet also has a fair amount of perfume with that. I’m thinking pomegranate and sour cherry beer, crisp with plenty of powdery/chalky texture, rosehip and redcurrant, and a lively sour-edged finish of good length.

A hard wine to rate, though I do like it.