It was time for the odd couple out - a Rhone rose vs a New Zeeland variant. And it was fun compare the two alongisde a home made pizza with (I made two for myself...) fennel sausage and the other with truffle salami.
2011 Domaine de la Mordoree La Dame Rousse
This fine rose is made of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette. The nose is fresh, young and lightly spicy with notes of just mature rasberries, dry licorice, earth and lots of wild strawberries. Very nice. With air some black currants leafes emerge.
The taste is fine, focused and pure with notes of sweet lingonberries, rosehips and wild strawberries. A long, warm finish. Very good. But the 14,5% makes a prescence in the finish. Other than that, a very good rose wine.
89p (tasted 2012/05)
2011 Neudorf Pinot Rose
A much bigger, sweeter and in-your-face nose that then Tavel wine, but a very good up front wine at that. Fine notes of sweet blood oranges, crushed rasberries, sweet licorice and tangerines. Deep and fine. Very good when its rather cold, it looses momentum when in gets warm in the glass.
The taste is big, warm and fruity with lots of sweet lingonberry fruit, red currants and rasberries. A bit cooler in the mouth when it is cold. Long, fresh and fine. Again, with warmth it gets a bit candylike and unfocused. But cold enough, it is a fine rose wine.
87p (tasted 2012/05)