For our first Sommelier Series, we asked Georgie Davidson Brown of Chiswick in Sydney’s Woollahra to taste the 2023 MMAD Vineyard Rosé
The most beautiful and vibrant salmon pink colour in the glass. My mouth is watering with excitement before even tasting.
Delicately perfumed, early season strawberries, blood orange, bronze fennel and salty sea air dance out of the glass and into my nose.
The palate, a force of red fruit concentration. Strawberries, cherries, plum, cranberries. The texture is almost mouth coating with raspberry yoghurt, potentially the wine sees some malo? Cleaned up immediately by the perfect amount of refreshing blood orange-acid. Awesome weight and length. A lick of savoury thyme, bronze fennel and white pepper spice on the finish. Dry, medium plus acid, medium body, some warmth of alcohol on the finish, but in an almost commanding “I am to be taken seriously” way.
Enjoy on its own, on your own, with food, or with friends.
Drink where, when and what with?
Wherever and whenever I can! The salty savouriness of the wine would be perfect by the beach and with a plate of seafood, or even fish and chips. On the other hand, the weight and concentration of the wine would fit perfectly in a sunny, long lunch situation, perhaps accompanied with some colourful vegetable and seafood crudo starters, or even a light pasta fish.
What do you like about this wine?
The wine feels self-assured. It’s so great to have a rosé that feels like it’s meant to be here. It’s not a by-product, it’s a beautiful wine made with high quality fruit and a great deal of care. Visuallym the colour is incredible. Cabernet Sauvignon in a rosé can so often be green and unpleasant, but the Cabernet in this rosé adds structure and awesome savoury notes. The wine is harmonious, but each of the four grapes in the assemblage provide something unique and delicious. Totally solidified its place in my summer drinking at home, as well as on the Chiswick wine list!