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28 Oct 2011

The Wine Front reviews Foster e Rocco

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The Wine Front is an independent review site for consumers run by Gary Walsh and Campbell Mattinson.

MIKE BENNIE is a freelance wine writer, journalist and presenter, currently the wine/drinks editor for delicious.magazine, the wine columnist for Time Out Magazine Sydney, a feature writer for Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine and a regular contributor to National Liquor News magazine.

Read about what The Wine Front and Mike have to say about  Foster e Rocco Nuovo Sangiovese 2011 and Foster e Rocco Rose 2011.

Foster e Rocco Nuovo Sangiovese 2011

Made purposefully in a ‘Beaujolais’ style with fragrance, light and sangio tannins at the forefront. No oak. The fermenter is a chest high, ‘swimming pool’ style concrete vat and the fruit is foot stomped. Boom-tish. Geez this goes well with winemaker Adam Foster’s ‘Syrahmi salami’ too.

Earthy, mocha scented aromatics with black olive and wild black berries. Wafty and free in the bouquet, the palate takes a similar path of loose knit vibrancy. Still has the energetic wild red berry fruit and fine, prickly tannin of youthful sangiovese, but tucked into a ballet slipper rather than a dirty work boot. Early drinking personified. Delicious.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : SEP11
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2011 – 2012

Foster e Rocco Rose 2011

Four passes through the Galli Estate sangiovese vineyard, all hand picked due to botrytis issues in 2011, sorted in the winery; the grapes are picked specifically for Rose. Made by Melbourne wine dudes Adam Foster and Lincoln Riley.

Earthy lifts then wild raspberry and sweet spice. A lovely, ‘classic Rose’ entry dappled with savoury qualities. The palate is trim, lean and finishes dry – pristine raspberry, a little leafy lilt, savoury spice and bright, fresh acidity in the crisp finish. Has some mid-palate flab but the zingy back end trims the wine perfectly. Good stuff.

Rated : 91 Points
Tasted : SEP11
Alcohol : 12.8%
Price : $27
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2011 – 2012

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