Glorious Expression of Barossa
Kitts Creek Barossa Valley Rose 2016
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
A great even brilliant wine and I see it this way. The salesman notes growing rose sales and asks production to make one. Easy, add a bucket full of red wine to a tank of non-descript white wine and you are in business. If you wish to take rose seriously it must be planned at the start of harvest and this is what the winemakers have done with this Kitts Creek.
The variety used is Cinsault which is a large grape with a thin skin and makes attractive though lightish, coloured reds. One of the best wines we have sold was the Harem Barossa Valley Florita Rose 2013 about which I said, ‘where has this been all my life.’
This Kitts was made in that manner and is a striking wine of unblemished beauty and I think part of the advanced guard that are altering the direction of the Barossa.
The makers took grapes to make rose and were picked when they were perfect for rose, not as an after-thought. The result is a serious wine; pale off pink colour (no flouro colour); delicate complex aroma, no sweet, perfumed lolly like aromas; a textural palate, full of interesting, complex flavours, is very dry and finishes with length.