Sassafras Method Ancestral Rose 2018

Price : $30

VALUE FOR MONEY?

March 10, 2019

When I started this site, the idea was to review wines carried by the major chains – wines that were widely available and had widespread appeal. With this review, I’ll admit I’m swerving wildly into hipsterdom, but so what? Hippsters get it right sometimes, and Sassafras Method Ancestral Rosé 2018 is too delicious to keep it to myself.

So what, exactly is it? It’s sparkling wine, but not as you know it. In hipster speak, it’s a pet-nat, which is short for “pétillant naturel”, a very old way of making sparkling wine. I don’t want to get too technical but, basically, unlike Champagne-like wines, a pet-nat is bottled before it’s finished fermenting. The result is a bubbly, cloudy wine that’s a little like wine crossed with cider (but better than that).

This particular pet-nat, from Canberra-based Sassafras, is one of the best I’ve tasted. If you buy some, you’ll need to put any preconceived ideas about what sparkling wine should taste like behind you. This is nothing like Moet or Arras or any of those. It’s its own thing. It’s closer to a beer in some respects – it’s not the drink you open on your wedding anniversary, it’s a drink to celebrate the end of the week with. More beer than Champagne, is the idea, though you don’t have to like beer to enjoy it either.

Anyway, if you’re after a bit more detail, it’s a blend of Shiraz and Sagratino, an Italian grape variety. The labe specifically says to chill upright to keep the leftover yeast at the bottom.

The Review: Sassafras Method Ancestral Rose 2018

Watermelon and flowers on the nose. It’s nice and summery. There’s an excellent line of acidity on the palate that builds to a long and refreshing finish. It’s just a lovely, easy drink, with no bad bits. I couldn’t get enough of it.

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  • Region: Canberra

  • Alcohol Percentage: 12

  • Different Drop

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