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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Sub-RegionMount McKenzie
Altitude380 metres
SoilClay loam over Ironstone Shales
Trellis SystemSingle wire
Varietal Blend
82% Sangiovese
18% Trebbiano
Age of Vines15 – 116 years
Yield per Acre1.5 ton
Total Production2000 x 750ml bottles
WinemakingHandpicked 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.
VineyardSangiovese 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.
VintageGreat 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.
StyleBeautifully 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.