2014 Alta "For Elsie" Pinot Noir Rosé

Named in honour of Sarah's daughter, who was born less than two months before the first release rosé went into bottle, Alta 'For Elsie' Rosé is a far cry from the usual sweet rosé's common in the Australian market.

Gone are the days where we can compare Australian rosé to lolly water or raspberry cordial, instead emerging from the pools of sugar are a new breed of highly sophisticated, complex , savoury dry style rosés. Eight years ago, I committed to this style and have never looked back. I chose Pinot Noir grapes because of their natural flavour complexity earlier in the ripening process and low levels of harsh tannin.

From the first sip an unexpected journey begins. Fresh strawberries, drift into Turkish delight and then crème brulee. The complexity of flavours build in your mouth and whilst the wine is soft it has structure and a finish that seems endless and leaves you seriously satisfied yet wanting more.

Pair with Vietnamese, tempura seafood or soft goats cheese.

Download Alta 2014 'For Elsie' Pinot Noir Rosé tasting note

Reviews and Awards

2013 Alta Rosé

- 93 Points, James Halliday

2012 Alta Rosé

- Blue Gold, 2012 Sydney International Wine Show
- Trophy, Best Rosé 2012 National Wine Show of Australia
- Silver, 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

2011 Alta Rosé

- Jeni Port, THE BEST WINE OF 2011: Alta 'For Elsie' Rosé
Sarah Fletcher, ex-Orlando Wyndham, is an experienced winemaker with an eye for wines of poise and elegance. It's the characteristic stamp of Alta Wines in the Adelaide Hills. Her technical precision comes to the fore in the pretty but highly satisfying Alta 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé. Dusty pale pink in the glass, gently fragrant scent of spring, strawberries and cherries leads into a light cherry dryness on the palate.
The Age, Epicure, 20th December 2011 - PDF 1MB

- David Bray's Top Shelf
"This wine represents a classic style of Rosé, that has been thriving in European coutries for years. Try it with crispy skinned pork belly, or chilli infused seafood."
QHA review, 27th January 2012 - PDF 1MB

- Bronze Medal - PDF 1MB
Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2011
Royal Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2011
Royal Melbourne WIne Show 2011

Tasting Notes of our previous vintages

Download Alta 2013 'For Elsie' Pinot Noir Rosé tasting note

Download Alta 2012 'For Elsie' Pinot Noir Rosé tasting note

Download Alta 2011 'For Elsie' Pinot Noir Rosé tasting note