Featured Producer & Wine (s) on Rick's WineSite Journal

Producer: Rosemount Estates
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Featured Wine (s):

GSM, Syrah, Blend, Cabernet

Winemaker (s):
Website: http://www.rosemountestates.com/
 One of my favorite wines, I have collected the Balmoral Syrah since the 1994 vintage. Prices crept up in 1999 but I am glad to see it being released at discounted prices in 2000 such that it is one of the better bargains in the marketplace.
 
Journal entries: Date, Wine, Rating, Price, Comments
June 29, 2008 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral Mclaren Vale Syrah 1996 - RM 89, WS 92 - Forward, intense, almost overly ripe black fruit, anise, tar, spice, black raspberry. Tasted w/ L, BYOB at Angelis - served by Alec!
December 30, 2007, December 31, 2007 - Rosemount Estates Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1997 - RM 92 - The '97 distinguishes itself and is one of my favorites from my vertical of this selection and it doesnt disappoint on its tenth anniversary. Deep lead pencil purple/red colour, and an intense aroma of perfume and fruit - deeply concentrated plum and blackberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and sweet cherry - initially tightly wound then opens to be smooth, with a long fruit-filled finish. Tinge of tight tannins and acid that opens into velvet finish shows long life ahead. Tasted w/ L, BYOB at Angeli's Restaurant, our favorite neighborhood bistro.
June 10, 2007 - Rosemount Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1997 - RM 86 - Earthy and a slight bit corked or perhaps end of life? Will try another soon from the cellar. Tasted w/ L at current favorite neighborhood restaurant Angelis. BYOB from the home cellar.
March 18, 2007 - Rosemount Estates McLaren Vale Balmoral Syrah 1998 - RM 93 - Dark garnet purple color. Full forward flavor of currant, black raspberry, blueberry, a hint of earthy cedar and dill on the silky tannin finish.
Feb 13, 2007 - Rosemount Balmoral McLaren Vale Shiraz 1997 - RM 90 - Dark, medium bodied, smoky, earthy blackberry and anise.
January 4, 2007 - Rosemount Balmoral McLaren Vale Shiraz 1995 - RM 90 $39 - Dark full flavor, black berry, a hint of blueberry and plum fruit, with spice, anise, smoke and tar on the long full finish.
June 11, 2006 - Rosemount GSM (Grenache Syrah Mouvedre) McLaren Vale 1997 - RM 87 - Not quite as bright and full flavored as the 02 below but similar profile of blackberry, mineral, spice and a touch of plum on the finish. The 97 is more modest in fruit but also in the metallic minerality which tended to detract from the 02.
June 9, 2006 - Rosemount GSM (Grenache Syrah Mouvedre) McLaren Vale 2002 - RM 87 - Huge bouquet. Flavors of intense blackberry, mineral, spice and a touch of blueberry on the finish. This wine is a decent value at $15. Its a great value at $10 where it is currently available at Trader Joe's.
Feb 21, 2006 - Rosemount Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1995 - WS 92/RM 89 $35 Dark full flavor, berry, blueberry, plum fruit, with spice and anise. Showing age and a slight bit of astringency on opening but opened and softened with a long full magnificent finish.
Feb 3, 2006 - Rosemount Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1995 - WS 92 RM 92 - Dark intense ultra-ripe raisiny, smoky loganberry, predominates over plum and a hint of blueberry.
Sept 1, 2005 - Rosemount Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 2000 - RM 91 - This wine is a great value at Binny's price of $27. Aromatic, flavorful - black raspberry, black cherry, cassis, tar and cedar that turns to an aftertaste of currant and a hint of plum.
May 7, 2004 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 2000 - WS 93 RM 93 $53/$29 Same review as below except add an emerging pepper on the front palate that gives way to huge fruit.
Mar 12, 2004 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 2000 - WS 93 RM 93 $53/$29 Delicious easy drinking wine that is a great bargain at this sale price. Dark, inky, big nose, full bodied forward fruit of dark blackcurrant, cherry, cedar, smoke and huge long smooth lingering plum finish revealing layers of smooth tight tannins..
Feb 7, 2004 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 2000 - WS 93 RM 93 $53/$29 Dark, inky, big nose, full bodied forward fruit of dark blackcurrant, cherry, cedar, smoke and huge long smooth lingering plum finish revealing layers of smooth tight tannins..
Aug 28, 2003 Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1995 - - WS/RM 90 $35 Dark full flavor, berry, blueberry, plum fruit, with spice and anise. Showing age on opening but opened and softened.
Aug, 19, 2003 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1999, RM 92, WS 93 SS $53, Huge forward long mouth full of currant, plum, blackberry and anise. Bigger and more robust than other years. Try it and see why this is one of my perennial favorites - even better this year!
July 12, 2003 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1997 ($37) RM 93-94! One of my favorites.  Deep lead pencil purple/red colour, and an intense aroma of perfume and fruit - deeply concentrated plum and blackberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and sweet cherry - initially tightly wound then opens to be smooth, with an incredible long fruit-filled finish. Tinge of tight tannins and acid that opens into velvet finish shows long life.  See history and winemaker's comments on their
Apr 20, 2003 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1997 ($37) RM 92 One of my favorites. Notes from previous tastings. Deep lead pencil purple/red colour, and an intense aroma of perfume and fruit - deeply concentrated plum and blackberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and sweet cherry - initially tightly wound then opens to be smooth, with an incredible long fruit-filled finish. Tinge of tight tannins and acid that opens into velvet finish shows long life ahead. 
Nov 23, 2002 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral McLaren Vale Syrah 1998 and 19991998 WE 90 RM 90 1999 WS 93 RM 91 $45 Binny's has these on sale for $27. One of my favorites - deep purple red colour - concentrated blackberry and plum, clove and spices. The 98 is more closed and dry. Not as forward fruit as the last couple years but very good none-the-less.
Dec 14, 2000 - 1998 Rosemount Estates McLaren Vale GSM ($24) (RM91) (Label) (GSM stands for Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, a southern Rhone style wine). Licorice, black cherry, black berry - smooth, polished - good value.
May 2, 2001 - Rosemount Estate 1997 Mudgee Mountain Blue Shiraz Cabernet  (75-25%) Aus $40 (WS90 RM91) Add a touch of that distinctive McLaren Vale blueberry taste to currant and plum with moderate tannins. I'd like to do a comparison tasting between this and the Silverado Merlot below - both delicious. 
March 19, 2001 - 1997 Robert Craig Mt Veeder CS (RM 92WS 94) (WSCS); Rosemount Balmoral Syrah; 1997 BV Tapestry -  (See my earlier reviews below of these - some of my favorite wines.)  -  What a trio of great wines from T Cook's WS Award of Excellence wine list! The Craig was over-powered early by the dueling fruit bombs but opened up eventually to reveal full rich tight but soft on the finish cherry, berry, and spicy chocolate.
June 14, 2000 - Rosemount Estate Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1997 - ($46 at Chardonnay rest in OMA - retails for about $24)  Rosemount, a major Australian producer had a great 1997.  While the Cab isn't as smooth or as intense in fruit as the Balmoral, it is 40% less in price. Those same flavors of plum and blackberry fruit are punctuated by smoke and currant with a touch of caramel. RM 90  See history and winemaker's comments on their websiteLabel. Rick w/ Kathi R, Dan, JJ
June 2, 2000 - Rosemount Estate Balmoral Syrah 1997 ($37) Wow. Bam! Deep lead pencil purple/red colour, and an intense aroma of perfume and fruit - deeply concentrated plum and blackberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and sweet cherry - initially tightly wound then opens to be smooth, with an incredible long fruit-filled finish. Tinge of tight tannins and acid that opens into velvet finish shows long life ahead. RM 93-94!  I didn't abstain for a month, just enjoyed previously reviewed favorites or several not worth writing about. You'll look long and hard for this intense power-packed fruit finish.
March 21, 2000 - Rosemount Estates Balmoral Syrah 1997 - Smooth polished flavorful with blueberry, blackberry, plum, anise and a hint of tobacco finish.  $39.
Dec 18, 1999 - Rosemount Estates Balmoral Syrah 1995 - Full flavor, fruit, smoke, berries. Overpowered by the Bosche. More closed than previous tastings R&L with Connollys, Gondas, D Tozzi.
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