PATRICK SULLIVAN: HAGGIS,£21.95 at Vin Cognito
Available to the trade through Les Caves de Pyrene.
Say goodbye to any sort of preconception you might have had about ordering a rosé…
Nomadic young winemaker, Patrick Sullivan, makes Aussie wine inspired by “emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place.” And he’s pretty good at doing it.
This is seriously creative winemaking, and it works.
Mega natural (and not to everyone’s taste – but definitely to mine). It’s really juicy, rather like alcoholic nectar.
About the wine…
Unfiltered so very cloudy; in fact it looks a little like an apple/rhubarb juice in appearance too.
Low sulphur with skin contact.
From a blend of Moscato, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Malbec (wow). It’s a blend of wines that weren’t needed in other cuvées.
All of this would mean you might expect it to be a bit tough, or tannic, or simply a one-glass type of a wine. BUT NO. Alas, it’s actually very easy to drink and very moreish.
Strawberries, blackcurrants and blossom notes. Very fresh and rich on the palate, with great mouthfeel and texture. A real gluggable wine.
I enjoyed it at SOIF, which is an epic natural wine and French food restaurant in Battersea. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone – it’s one of my favourite places in London to eat.