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Harem 'Rosita' Barossa Valley Rose (Grenache Mataro) 2019
Region: Barossa Valley
With the 2019 vintage of Harem we return to where we started as the first Rosita, the 2009, was made from Mataro with Grenache. Ten years on the Grenache is predominant yet all else is the same, such as a bone dry ferment. We have no doubt that Barossa Valley Rose made from heritage varieties has a significant place on the table of advanced consumers. The complexity and range of flavours is very significant, yet I cannot recall any recent reviews.
I will never forget my first experience of this style which was a Kaiser Stuhl Barossa Valley Grenache Rose in the early 1970s; no ‘experience’ is not good enough, as I was swept off my feet by the intrigue and complexity. These Kaisers did not sell and so they turned the brand into a bright pink, sweet, pop Rose. The first Rosita also did not sell though I did my best by drinking many bottles. These days sales are more encouraging and those with advanced tastes will love this Rosita. Note this 2019 returns to the traditional 2009 style being different to the 2018 which was more playful.