Rosnay Freedom Preservative Free Red 2012
Vibrant ruby red with pink tinges. The aromas are red cherry fruit , fennel seed and earth. The smooth medium weight palate shows bramble fruit and earth with a hint of spice. The tannins are very fine grained. A lovely rustic wine.
After many years of hesitation, we have bitten the bullet and produced an organic AND preservative free red wine. There is of course more to the story. We chose to use Mourvedre rather than Shiraz, Cabernet or Merlot because it makes such a nice, easy drinking wine, and it has been a component (albeit, a small component) of our Rose wines for many years, giving them a delicous earthy and brambly complexity. It is also the cleanest fruit, picked on 13 April (a "fruit" day) after a dry month of March.
Using Mourvedre, we are also celebrating the freedom to be different, which this certainly is - no doubt it is one of a kind in Australia. And also, it connects with our french roots, not only with the variety that is mainly grown in France, but with Florence's painting of the flight of the Ibis - echo of Florence's emigration to Australia.
According to the winemaker, Chris Derrez of Madrez Wine Services, its a very good wine, and now that malolactic ferment has finished the wine is bright and the fruit characters are very forward, supported by gentle oak.
Bronze Medal: 2012 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards Bronze Medal: 2012 Cowra National Wine Show