Wine Whore Review:
Friday Monkey South Eastern Australia Rose Wine 2008

Cost Score = 9/10 Points (Additional stats below)

The winner was chosen�

Thank you all for helping me decide which bottle to taste!

Seeing which wines get the highest votes is only part of the fun. For me, the opportunity to taste the wine virtually alongside you all via Twitter and Facebook is the greatest part of this interactive experience. I took immense pleasure in conversing with you all as we opened and tasted the winning wine you chose for me to drink.

Vintage Info:
"This light and fresh Rose has been produced from 100% Shiraz grape which is estate grown. It displays strawberry and cherry flavors with a hint of spice. This delicate flavors and natural acid combine to produce the perfect summer wine to be enjoyed with good friends. Drink now, this wine will live to be full and rich for at least the next 5 years." -Friday Monkey

Recommended Food Pairing:
When it comes to culinary accessories, be prepared to face the tart strength of this wine. While its luminous pink color may deceive you into expecting a frail or thin version of the Australian Shiraz you may have already come to love, you will be pleasantly surprised to find quite a bit of bite to this wine. It is loaded with fruit propped up with ample acidity for structure. Although I chose to taste this wine without any food, it would mingle perfectly with Jamaican jerk chicken, spicy curry, or even sushi (with copious amounts of wasabi of course!)

Producer: Friday Monkey
Vintage: 2008
Varietal: 100% Shiraz Rose Wine
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Residual Sugar: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 14
Aging: N/A
Cost: < $10

Wine Whore Score:

If you are accustomed to the palate of the infamous White Zinfandel, this one will come as a surprise. The undeniable volume of fruit and acidity will change the way you look at Rose.

Its tart acidity will make your tongue sweat!

As the prickly pink acid of this funky Friday Monkey penetrates it brings with it a refreshing rush of saliva colliding with firmly gripping structure. Loads of acidity makes this deep pink wine tart yet refreshing. Packing all of this punch for such a low price tag (<$10) scores this wine a 9 for cost, a total score of 28.5 out of 40 points and an average score of 7.1 out of 10 points.

Make sure to give this punky Monkey time to unwind.

Given the chance to open up, it settles down into a relaxed and enjoyable demeanor. This allows the fruit to come forward, kick back, and relax as its angry hot pink fades to a soft rose revealing its bouquet of punchy qualities.

Overall this wine is crisp, refreshing, fruity, and in one word: fun.

Like this wine? Be sure to check out other Friday Monkey wines reviewed by The Wine Whore!

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Kort said...

My mouth is watering reading your review. punky Monkey wasn't by first choice for you, but it was my second. Thanks for your enjoyable review!

Anonymous said...

Its a great Rose. I drank it at Michigan Wine Expo.

Anonymous said...

Very solid Rose...Blows any white zin out of the water!

The Wine Whore said...

It definitely had more character than most of the white zins that I have tried! :)


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