2022 Cobaw Ridge Il Pinko Rose
Situated 610 meters above sea level and overseeing Central Victoria, the Cobaw Ridge vines thrive in the granite-rich mountain soil, working hard to produce well-balanced grapes. This unique site's challenges, combined with the Cooper's dedication to sustainable and natural practices, result in wines that truly reflect their origin and time. No additives, fining, filtration, or stabilization are applied, except for minimal sulphites before bottling. Syrah grapes are pressed as whole bunches and allowed to settle before fermenting in large neutral oak barrels, Qvevri amphora, and an experimental ceramic vessel.
Some of the wine spends time in qvevri and the rest in older oak barrel. All hits at Cobaw these days. Consistency is a by word. Wonderful stuff. Biodynamic.
It’s a pretty, rosy coloured thing. Juicy, crisp red cherries, some strawberry notes, a touch of anise and some earthy, Aussie bush characters faintly in there. It slips across the palate nicely, a little tension from lacy tannin, a saline undercurrent too. It feels attractive and easy to drink, perhaps not as complex as some iterations of this wine, but does the trick and delivers lots of pleasure and refreshment. Reminds me a bit of Tavel rosé from better producers. Like. Drink 2023 - 2026.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front