Variety: 40% Grenache, 50% Cinsault, 7% Syrah, 3% Vermentino
Country, Region: France, Provence
Appellation: Cotes de Provence
Made from a blend of 40% Grenache, 50% Cinsault, 7% Syrah and 3% Vermentino. This beautifully perfumed dry rosé is from vineyards in the heart of the magnificent Massif des Maures mountains in Provence. Farmed and made by the owners of Chateau Mont-Redon from Chateauneuf-du-Pape this wine benefits from the attention and know-how of generations of high quality winemaking. It has a pale salmon pink colour, intensely perfumed berry and provence herb aromas. Fresh and intensely flavoured delicate red berries on the palate with a crisp, dry and refreshing finish. One taste and you will understand why Provence rose (and Riotor especially) is so popular!
‘Pale brilliant pink. Lively, mineral-accented orange zest, strawberry and floral scents show very good clarity and pick up a spicy nuance with aeration. Nicely concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering incisive red berry, blood orange and floral pastille flavors underscored by a dusty mineral quality. Shows sharp delineation and cut on the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity.’ 91 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2019.
This beautifully sited property is located in the prime Massif des Maures region where wonderfully fresh and typical rose and red wines are produced. Owned for four generations by the Abeille family (of the famed Chateau Mont-Redon in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) the property has been totally renovated since 1988 both for the vineyards and Chateau and also the winemaking facility. The winery is now fully temperature controlled and equipped with the latest winemaking equipment which has enabled a dramatic increase in quality in the last few years.
The vineyard is planted with the classic varieties for the region of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah together with a little Rolle (Vermentino) which is blended into the delicately coloured and very fragrant rose. Both the rose and red wines are aged in temperature controlled stainless steel to keep the freshness of both the aromas and the fruit so typical of the wines of this region. These are wines made to drink for their freshness and they perfectly suit warmer climates like Provence and also the coastal regions of Australia. Little wonder that these wines are finding such a ready and accepting home all around Australia.