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2009 Crabtree Bay of Biscay Watervale Rosé

From 60-year-old grenache vines, hand-picked in SA’s Clare Valley, this rosé is a light cerise in colour, to be drunk young. It’s summer, and when rosé is done well, it’s gorgeous. The aroma is of a cow’s milk cheese, something like brie, and tastes subtly of violets and roses. We have a rose in our new home garden. Its short-lived bloom has an intense indoor, mood-altering perfume. My last best-loved rosé was Paul’s Lemon Pillar which I’ll purchase again. Crabtree rosé is dry, smooth, light – and recommended. Local Liquor, Byron Industrial Estate, $17.99.

 

2009 Cape View Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Cape View has that absolutely recognisable fruity perfume from a NZ savi: I’ve come home, you want to shout. Surprisingly, it’s almost colourless. There’s fruit on the palate, though not as much as Cloudy Bay, but then you’re not paying $30+, so this is your substitute. It’s ‘thinner’ than Cloudy Bay, said my drinking companion, but a pretty good traditional savi nevertheless, from the Cellars (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron), $9.99, normally $17. A beautifully simple front label has raised grey-black printing and a silver image of a turtle, but the back contains excess text.


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