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2016 ROSÉ


Hand-picked shiraz, crushed and destemmed. The salmon-pink colour suggests fermentation in used oak, but in fact free-run juice was fermented in stainless steel and left on lees. It is as fresh as a daisy, with a long, brisk, dry finish. Bring on the food. Rating 92. Drink to 2019.

HUON HOOKE,, October 2016

Light, coppery salmon-pink colour, the aroma is faintly earthy and estery, with a fumy, spicy overtone. In the mouth, it's rich but discreet, soft and balanced, nicely focused, dry and savoury. The immediate palate is where it shines. The after-palate is clean and resonant.

REGAN DREW,, December 2016

Toolangi philosphy of growing great grapes then sending them off to the best winemakers. Like the ultimate breeding program or finishing school. This Shiraz rosé was sent off to specialists Dominique Portet.  Label artwork by Julia Ritson. Peach blush colour, bit like a sunrise. Pink/Ruby grapefruit with subtle raspberry and peach slices. Slightly savoury red fruits with a ferrous/rusty quality and finishing dry. There’s a juiciness and generosity to the palate and it hasn’t tried to be too austere. Shiraz’s natural peppery character is a pleasant aftertone. Add some chilli prawns and this will come into its own.


Down in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Garry and Julie Hounsell at Toolangi Vineyards also grow their own premium fruit, and have their wines made for them – in their case by a number of makers who’re supremoes in individual varietals. It’s a philosophy that rewards all from grower to consumer as it results in wines of wonderfully unique and distinctive personality. One such that’s just been released is their Toolangi 2016 Rosé made from Shiraz grapes off their Dixons Creek vineyard, and crafted for them by Dominique Portet Winery who are wizards with Shiraz fruit. This is a fantastically quaffable drop when served cold out of the fridge on a warm summer’s day: fresh, red berry fruits are to the fore, backed with savoury notes and lemon zest, a hint of spice and zippy acidity. At $28 great on its own, or equally at home with everything from quiche to curries, seafood to sandwiches and wraps.


Pretty serious Rosé here from the Toolangi crew. Made from Syrah, 300 dozen made, crafted at Dominique Portet. Well Summer appeared to have started in Brisbane - so a Rosé was the perfect antidote to a sultry day.  Pours a gorgeous coppery hue - veering to a suggestion of onion skin - this was an ideal kick-starter. Lurid pink nectar this ain't. Floral hints, strawberry, the merest suggestion of creaminess. A freshness about the palate enlivens. Zippy acidity, suggestion of spice, little lemon tang. Refreshment plus.


The wait for warmer weather this year seems longer than usual. And warmer weather, for me, equals rosé. Toolangi's 2016 Rosé is made from shiraz grown at Dixons Creek in the Yarra Valley and by Dominique Portet. Quite perfumed, it reminds of rose petals and florals. The palate is fresh and enjoyable.


True to history when Toolangi decide they are going to produce a new wine they look to enlist the support of some of the best winemakers based on the variety or style. It was an obvious choice to have Dominque Portet be the custodian of the 2016 Rosé. A beautiful salmon to burnt orange hue in the glass, the nose has top notes of wild strawberry with a touch of creaminess that is pulled together with a thread of citrus. The palate balances juicy, vibrant and textural red berry fruits with lemon zest and more structural savory notes giving dimensions and taking this from an easy drinking summer proposition to a more serious wine that stands by itself, but will work well with food.

QWINE BLOG , October 2016

An absolutely delicious Rosé. It screams drinkability with generous pours awaiting and glasses quickly evaporating. Made from Shiraz, strawberries and cream smash it all the way here. It's juicy. It's textural. It's delicious. Dry, red fruits move about effortlessly rounded off by savoury characters hard to ignore. A subtle nudge of mandarin peel emerges on exit - don't pour me a glass, just give me the bottle. Drink now with lots of friends and sunshine.



The shiraz grapes for our Rosé were handpicked, destemmed and gently crushed to attain the perfect pale salmon colour. The free run juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve its delicate aromatics and left on lees to achieve a soft and silky mouthfeel.

MADE AT: Dominique Portet
QUANTITY: 300 Dozen
CLOSURE: Screwcap



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