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2007 Juniper Crossing Margaret River Rosé

Though a friend said to me recently that rosé is not done well in Australia except for the Charles Melton we were drinking, I would not hesitate to recommend this Mark Messenger. There’s an abstract image on the label of a hot, dry Australia. So appropriately this rosé of cabernet, shiraz and merlot is a transparent bronze tomato red and smells of bushfire. Despite the raspberry, watermelon and a little coconut on the palate, it’s still very dry and slightly creamy, with citrus and fizz at the end. $19.99, the Cellars (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron).

2006 Porphyrio Vermentino Di Gallura

We could possibly see the Yalumba (in the cheap and innovative Y series) and Brown Brothers version of vermentino in Northern Rivers bottleshops soon, but for now the Station Hotel, Lismore, has this Italian (specifically Gallura, Sardinia) one for $25.95. I bought the Chalmers version while in Adelaide and reviewed it here. This Italian version, which I liked a lot, has the colour and aroma of pineapple. On the palate? Imagine what it is like to drink yellow silk. Porphyrio is the brand and Gruppo Cultivo the company which has an English-language website: www.coltiva.it/eng/

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