(2021) This review is for the 2020 vintage, but note that some retailers are currently on the 2019. There's also a wide range of prices on offer, from £10 to £14, for this wine. It's a modern, sparky take on Grüner, a hint of spritz adding to that impression of liveliness and punch. The fruit has clear and ripe pear, yes, a little hint of pepper, and plenty of cirtussy freshness. The palate has that spritz, but also plenty of sweet, ripe, apple and pear and a zesty finish. A fine, modern Austrian wine. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2019) English MW Justin Howard-Sneyd and his family have run Domaine of the Bee since 2007, farming a small area of vineyards in the Roussillon, with some top regional winemakers consulting and this terrific pink is one of only 1800 bottles produced from Grenache, Grenache Gris and Syrah. It has a pale and pretty colour, and a nose that combines raspberry pink grapefruit with lifted, rose and (delicate) patchouli nuances. In the mouth it is ripe and really very harmonious, the peachy and soft summer berry flavours melding so effortlessly with the acidity, to give a dry, crisp but invitingly soft style of rosé.
(2019) Fine mineral salts nose, taut and racy apple core fruit, tiny floral nuances, and a creamy and peachy fruit beneath. What beautiful fruit, peach flesh and juice, flowing and elegant acidity, apricot and lime, into a long shimmering finish of great style.