This new sparkling rosé is David Lowe’s ‘stage’ name, a combination of David’s first pet’s name (his dog) and the street he grew up on (Wilbertree Road, where he still lives). David says the “The Jodie Wilbertree is a primarily Semillon with a small amount of Petit Verdot. It started as a trial last vintage. It was such a success at cellar door that we made more from 2017. It has a festive nature, sealed with a crown seal, and made for spring and summer.”
Lowe Wines, Jodie Wilbetree, Sparkling Rosé, Mudgee, 2017
Made in the charmat (tank fermented) style with small, persistent beading. The bottle shot makes it look far more pink than it actually is, the colour closer to coral and trout flesh. Lemon biscuit, ginger, strawberry and light musk aromas. Flavours of floury apple and strawberry with some of that ginger spice to close. Nothing cloying or too sickly sweet: the semillon keeps things crisp and neat and the petit verdot playing devil’s advocate with a chalky texture. A fun starter to catching the last of the long summer evenings.