All right, so the last wine review of Thunderbird was a fun diversion, but now we’ll resume serious business. Since the summer sun still blazes above, we’ll look for another selection that’s light and crisp to chase away that searing heat.
In a previous review, Yellow Tail Bubbles was examined. As you know, Yellow Tail is the number one imported brand in the US and is Australia’s largest wine producers. The company offers numerous wines at inexpensive prices, each with its own character. Known primarily as an inexpensive wine of moderate quality, Yellow Tail’s history starts with the Casella family – founders of Casella Wines – moving from Sicily to Australia back in 1957. Since then it has ballooned into a financial giant, making its appearance in the US in 2001. Producing sixteen varieties, the company offers a wine to meet consumers’ wants. If you’re new to wine, Yellow Tail is the way to go.
We will be examining the Rosé this time. Yellow Tail Rosé, priced around $9.50, was meant for summer. Made from a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, its pale color is achieved not from a specific grape varietal, but rather allowing some of the dark grape skin to sit in the pressed juice (the “must”) for 1-3 days, imparting that soft terracotta hue. This wine shines with clarity, allowing one to truly enjoy the peachy light it casts. Fresh strawberries, citrus, rose, a bit of cinnamon, and a touch of mineral are detected on the nose. The medley of cherries, apple tart, orange, honey, and grapefruit sparkle on your tongue, and the acidic crispness is pleasant. The tannins are soft, and the finish is mild and not rushed.
This light-bodied wine is on the sweeter side, but it’s not an assault of sweetness. Great with a slice of apple pie, soft cheese, berries, or sauteed vegetables. It’d make a nice addition to prepared foods as part of the recipe, too.
Grab a bottle and throw it in the fridge; in an hour you’ll have a nice, chilled respite from the summer heat. Cheers.