Alinta rose – Our very first commercial wine, in fitting with our theme of ‘delightfully different’. Launched in September 2012 this is surely Australia’s first rose produced from 50% Grenache and 50% Zinfandel. Also likely the world’s first co-fermented wine from those varieties.
Originally available in a semi dry (Alinta) and a fully dry version (Alinta Dry), (BOTH SOLD OUT), there was not enough fruit available in the 2013 vintage to make two versions. The 2013 Alinta Semi- Dry is a superbly blanced wine with much up-front fruitiness and a crisp, zesty finish. It was picked a little earlier which has reduced the alcohol content and boosted acidity a little. We are very proud of it!
Hand picked, the Grenache grapes are from our renowned Corkscrew Grenache block we have nurtured for 10 years, training the vines spirally up onto stakes – similar to a system used by the ancient Romans of biblical times.
Savoury spice yet also uniquely fruity, it is a new and exciting style – with a touch of tannin and definitely no syrupy, oversweetness. Some people are awestruck when tasting this wine for the first time – it is just so different, a style of its own. It has a lot of ‘wow factor’ they say, and this is where we need to be in our drive to be ‘delightfully different’.
Serve chilled with a wide variety of foods – its amazing at a barbq with steak, lamb and sausages, or with pasta, pizza and a cheese platter.
Alinta is indigenous Australian for fire/flame, and is an eastern European synonym for ‘caress’
A limited release of our very first red wine, our Gold Medal ZSGM was lunched in July 2013.