Another glorious spring day meant the spontaneous picnic in the backyard under the olive tree was a must. Charcoal chicken and shoestring fries– tick. Greek salad – tick. Kids and dogs – tick. Luscious wine to accompany – tick.
I reached for the Richard Hamilton Gida’s Rose 2010 (a label from McLaren Vale winery, Leconfield Wines) and discovered from the first taste that this is a really accessible wine – clean, delicate, fresh and a little dry.
This scrummy McLaren vale wine is named in honour of Richard Hamilton’s mother, Gida. What a wonderful compliment to her. From drinking the wine, it’s obvious she must be quite a lady – very feminine with a little unexpected spark!
The colour is light pink, and looked gorgeous amongst the new green spring buds in the backyard. It is such a pretty colour. This really is one for the ladies.
The nose is a combination of roses and zesty lemon. Definitely more-ish.
This is a Rosé that’s made from Merlot, so it’s not surprising that’s it’s wonderfully smooth, and full of plump strawberry flavours with a few citrus notes. While it’s laden with berries, it’s certainly not overly fruity or sweet, and ends with a lean dry finish with hints of spice. As it is not sweet, you don’t get tired of drinking it (in moderation of course!), so it is perfect for a warm spring day.
We had this with a fantastic Portuguese charcoal chicken from our “local”, shoestring fries and a freshly tossed Greek salad, made with goat’s feta. The smokiness of the charcoal chicken was complemented by the subtle spices of the Rosé. And the goat’s feta was a lovely addition.
This is a great warm weather wine, and best enjoyed outdoors with loved ones, good conversation and little convention.
Price: At $15.50 a bottle it is hard to go by and adds relaxed sophistication to any outdoor meal.
Available from: Good retailers, online, and direct from www.leconfieldwines.com
(The Richard Hamilton Gida’s Rose 2010 was reviewed by guest contributor, Yvette McDonald)