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About This Wine
Rated Best in Show by Decanter Twice.
The vineyards of the 45-hectare Domaine la Suffrene are spread over the communes of La Cadiere-d'Azur and Castellet in the Provencal appellation of Bandol. The estate is run by Cedric Gravier and although the first estate-bottled wines were released only in 1996, the Domaine is now one of the leading producers of the region. This silky rose is a blend of hand-harvested Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan and is particularly well suited to seafood and salads. Try as a summer aperitif also.
A gorgeous salmon-pink in colour with orange tints. On the nose, floral and ripe with hints of peach and strawberry. On the palate, soft and dry with a mineral acidity leading to flavours of fraises des bois, canteloupe melon and citrus fruits. The finish is honeyed and lingering. Try as an aperitif with green olive crostini. Alternatively, serve with pasta with sea urchin and clams or grilled Thai shrimp with blackened scallops.
|Grenache Mourvedre Cinsault
|Domaine La Suffrene
Wines from Provence
In the South East of France, Provence can be considered the rosé capital of the world. Rosé from here is dry, refreshing, savoury and pale pink with a slight orange tint. The style is very different to those generally made in Australia.
The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, which accounts for nearly 75% of the total production of the Provence region and with rosé production making up 80% of that. The main grape varieties used include Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tibouren with an increase in the adoption of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in recent times.
The most prestigious appellation is Bandol. The vines in Bandol are planted on silicon and limestone soils which together with the warm, coastal climate is very suitable for the late ripening of the Mourvèdre grape. Wines coming out of Bandol must contain more than 50% Mourvèdre in the blend whether they are roses or reds. Reds from Bandol are just as noteworthy as their rosé counterparts. These wines are known to be powerful, spicy, structured, and age-worthy with critics such as Tom Stevenson considering these full flavoured reds to be some of the region’s best wines.