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Start At Yarrh and enjoy the Ros├ęs!

Yarrh Wines is located just past the Murrumbateman township, 35 minutes from Canberra, where you can visit over 13 cellar doors – more than enough variety for one day’s tour. Established just eleven years ago, Yarrh Wines are achieving recognition for some of their recent vintages including medals for the region’s hero wines, Shiraz and Riesling. As well as producing the region’s signature wines, Fiona Wholohan, winemaker at Yarrh, has been working on creating the perfect Rosé. Experiencing a revival over the past three years, Rosé has come a long way from the super sweet varieties produced in the 70’s that were more popular for the shape of the bottle they came in than for the content. “The qualities to look for in a good Rosé are crispness and freshness, along with a good balance between fruitiness and acidity, providing great food compatibility with light summer fare. Buy the most recent vintage and you will get the added bonus of great prices,” said Fiona. “At Yarrh we usually make our rose from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which are crushed with only brief contact between the skins, which contain the coloured pigments and tannins, and the juice. It is the degree of contact between the skins and the juice which determines the final colour of the wine. Rosé lacks both the deep colour and the tannic structure of red wines which are made from the same grape varieties and are more like white wines. They are best served well chilled,” said Fiona. James Halliday described Yarrh’s 2007 vintage Rosé as ‘a food-style Rosé with attitude.’ The current 2008 release is a little fruitier, but still with a clean, crisp finish. The state of the art building which houses the Yarrh Wines cellar door was designed to reduce whole of life impact and was based on rammed earth with straw bale walls and is also solar passive. With spectacular views over the surrounding hillside, Yarrh offers the visitor to the cellar door a unique experience with tutored tastings. For more information, please contact Neil McGregor or Fiona Wholohan on 02 6227 1474.

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