La Bohème Cuvée Rosé, $21.95
Responding to Australia’s growing love affair with all things pink, De Bortoli Wines has added a Cuvée Rosé to its popular La Bohème range. Pale and dry – just the way I love it – this is exactly what Leanne De Bortoli and Steve Webber aspired to after they were bowled over by some “posh Laurent-Perrier Grand Cuvee Rosé” they tasted years ago. They’re happy with their creation, which they say is as alive as the opening scenes of the La Bohème opera – “full of artisans, flamboyance and flirtatiousness”. By blending in some vintage and reserve wines, they’ve given the Cuvée complexity and finesse. Predominantly Chardonnay, it is deliciously creamy but there’s also a lovely gentle toastiness from the 15% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier. A really impressive newcomer.