MELBOURNE WEEKLY- The Grapevine by Ben Knight, October 2011
If you asked me what I knew about Turkey Flat a few days ago, I'd have been able to tell you that they made more rosé than any other wine. I possessed a little more information than this, but this pearl of wisdom stuck in my mind. If you don't know where Turkey Flat is based, this may not seem too remarkable, but it is the Barossa home of the big Aussie red yet they make lots of rose.
This rosé isn't made from the bleedings of the shiraz wines a technique where juice is run off from the tank of another wine. This is rose made from an unusual mix of grapes destined to be pink and nothing else.If you have read this column before, you will know of my lack of interest in the type of grapes that go into a wine, but this one is worth a mention.It combines grenache (originally from Spain), shiraz and cabernet sauvignon (France) and dolcetto (Italy). This unique blend of red grapes speaks volumes about Australians borrowing ideas from all over the world. All of this information can be found on the back label as the front label simply says Rosé (I do wish we would start labelling it 'Pink' instead). I love rose wine. I love its apparent simplicity, and the fact there are no rules governing it, other than it should be refreshing and pink. And as you'll see, this does just that