It has been just over two years since Max first moved to Australia and I think it’s fair to say that he loves it. The variety of food, the lifestyle, the climate (well maybe not Melbourne’s winter), the standard of living – he pretty much loves everything about Australia with one notable exception. Our rosé.
Australian rosé tends to be heavier in body, darker in colour and sweeter in taste than the French version. And whilst some retailers do stock the Côtes de Provence variety that Max prefers, in the spirit of his adoptive country he’s searching for a wine that is Australian in origin, but French in style. And it has been no easy task.
We did find one such wine at Il Solito Posto, but (rather typically) we didn’t write down the name. And so, when I heard that there was a French winemaker in the Yarra Valley, noted for his rosé, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Dominique Portet occupies a beautiful spot of land, complete with inviting outdoor tables and sprawling vineyard views. We had a great time sampling their wines, but alas the rosé was a product of their Australian market, and so was too heavy for Max’s tastes. But we were pleasantly surprised to find a delicious Chardonnay (neither of us are usually fans), and an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, which we declared immediately the wine to accompany our picnic. Their dessert wine also offered a surprising freshness that was missing at De Bortoli, and I could easily imagine sharing a glass with family over the festive season.
As much as we wished to linger on the beautiful, sun soaked property, we still had some bits and pieces to buy for our picnic, so regretfully, we continued along our way…