2023 Salasso Rosé

Salasso Rosé



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Tasting Profile

August 2023

Pale salmon in colour. Aromas of raspberry and crushed strawberry merge to pink grapefruit citrus, with notes of talc, spice and flint adding complexity and allure. Vibrant and focused on the palate, cranberry and raspberry flavours together with strawberries and cream flow along a vivid line of grapefruit-like acidity. Barrel fermented lees notes add mid palate sweetness while a chalky phenolic line provides length and depth, and a long and bright finish.

13% alc.

Tasting Profile 2023
Tasting Profile 2022
Tasting Profile 2021




The WineFront, November 2023
Gary Walsh

Salasso is always an excellent rosato, and I think this is the first vintage made by Tim Perrin, ex-of Oakridge and McWilliams. This includes some grapes from Heathcote. Redcurrant and rosehip, tangerine, aniseed, and some spice. It’s an all-just-so kind of rosé, balanced acidity and gentle grip, blood orange and raspberry, a little saline, with a finish of good length and zesty character. Nice.

91 points

The Real Review, December 2023

Stuart Knox

A pale rose gold in the glass. Red cherry, clotted cream and sweet pastry aromatics. Powerful middle palate of ripe red berries and golden glazed pastry complexities all bound with lifting acidity and a subtle peach-skin fuzz of phenolics. All build length and drive to the long finish.

93 points

Halliday Wine Companion, December 2023

Jane Faulkner

Since taking over in 2023, Tim Perrin has been making changes here and there. For his first Salasso, low yields forced the decision to source pinot noir from vineyards across the peninsula and shiraz (50%) from Heathcote. It comes together well. An attractive coppery/pink pastel hue; a neat combo of watermelon, pomegranate and barely ripe raspberries with a flutter of spice. It has texture, tang and the acidity leaves the palate fresh and ready for another sip.

92 points

Wine Pilot, December 2023

Ken Gargett

Fermentation was of whole bunch pressed fruit, followed by a few months on lees. This vintage includes some Heathcote fruit. The colour is an appealing, shining pigeon-eye pink. The nose gives us florals, spices and strawberries with a hint of an oystershell note running the length. This is a gentle, yet expressive rosé, soft, clean and lingering, it is ideal for summer drinking over the next two to three years. Delightfully refreshing and good value.

92 points

Reviews 2023
Reviews 2022
Reviews 2021


The Vintage

Spring remained cold and wet, with 389mm of rainfall, making it the wettest Spring in 25 years. These conditions were challenging for our viticultural team. Waterlogged soils prevented access to the vineyards, with critical tractor operations delayed several times. Flowering commenced mid to late November amid continuing cold and wet conditions, which protracted our flowering period over several weeks. These challenging conditions prevailed until late December when we finally welcomed warm and sunny days. Fortunately, all our vineyards remained disease-free. Conditions for most of January and February were ideal. All our vineyards were healthy, albeit with very low crop loads. The mild conditions throughout late February and early March made this part of the season almost perfect for slow and steady ripening. Harvest commenced on 3 March and concluded on 14 April, slightly later than usual. Weather conditions were mild with temperatures below average and rainfall above average, providing gradual ripening throughout harvest with rain events being the only pressure. Our viticulture team worked steadily to deliver pristine fruit to the winery. Yields were lower than average due to the cool and wet 2022 Spring. Despite the low yields, fruit quality is exceptional.

The Vineyard

The fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts in old French oak barriques. Once dry, the wine was left on lees for several months prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.