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2008 Kurrajong Downs Sunset Rosé

A beautiful ruby with a hint of tangerine-fire red in colour, this Mark Ravenscroft cabernet sauvignon rosé has a red rose perfume with vanilla added in. It tastes like red velvet and like velvet it is beautifully smooth. It would be a good wine with food or with fun alone on the menu. Tenterfield is a remarkable source of light reds like rosé and pinot noir, and it’s so close we could drink red knowing its limited travel had been efficacious for the environment. $16 from kurrajongdownswines.com.

2006 Carlevari Verona Italy Soave

Italy is far flung compared with Tenterfield. Wikipedia says to pronounce this grape SWAH-vay and that without ageing potential it is to be drunk within a year or two of its vintage. Domain Day at Mt Crawford, Barossa Valley, call it Garganega. But this Italian soave is bright yellow gold in colour and it smells of jasmine and peach but isn’t that sweet on the palate. I looked curiously at it on the shelf for a long time and finally gave in at the Station Hotel, Lismore. I found it still drinkable in 2009. In fact, at $12.95, I could quaff bottle after bottle.


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