McLAREN VALE ROSE JOINS THE LOST BLOCK LABEL
Tue, July 17th 2012
It began with a vintage misadventure with a single block of semillon back in 1993 and evolved in a range of five wines under the Lost Block label. Now, a newly released 2012 rose rounds out this collection of contemporary, fruit driven wines that match the best varietal with the best region.
The Lost Block range was born when an impending storm forced the Tyrrell’s vineyard crew to abandon a prized block of Hunter semillon to pick less storm resilient grapes. The ‘lost’ block was eventually picked days later and the Tyrrell’s winemaking team were so impressed with the characters of the finished wine, it was decided to give the wine a label of its own.
Over the years the Lost Block range expanded to include a sauvignon blanc from the Adelaide Hills, shiraz from Heathcote, cabernet sauvignon from Limestone Coast and a merlot from the McLaren Vale. Each of the wines is crafted in a ‘drink now” style – soft and approachable with fresh, vibrant fruit characters. The latest addition to the range, a grenache based rose, fits this profile perfectly with its bright rose petal pink colour, fragrant strawberry aromas and crisp, balanced finish with upfront red berry flavours.
“We believe that grenache is the best variety for the production of rose wines so we sourced some of Australia’s best from McLaren Vale,” said Chris Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s Assistant Winemaker and the fifth generation of the Tyrrell’s winemaking dynasty. “The subtle spice and soft tannins give the Lost Block Rose great balance and the freshness and vibrancy of the wine make it the perfect drink for lazy weekends in the sun.”
The Lost Block range of Hunter Semillon, Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Heathcote Shiraz, McLaren Vale Merlot, Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and McLaren Vale Rose is available from independent retail outlets nationally with an RRP of $18.99.