Login

DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM HERE

JOIN the FREEMAN WINE CLUB

 

 

Contacts:

101 Prunevale Road
PRUNEVALE
NSW 2587
AUSTRALIA

Tel/Fax
+61 2 6384 4299
 

For sales inquiries:
Email:
sales@freemanvineyards.com.au

Mobile:
0429 310 309

Rondo Rosé 2016
Minimize  
 

HALLIDAY WINE MAGAZINE

By James Halliday

'The pale salmon pink colour doesnt hint at the intensity of the wine in the mouth. Here spiced fruit, acidity and a subliminal hint of sweetness all compete for attention on the very long finish...'

93 POINTS

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE MAGAZINE
BEST BUY $20 & UNDER

By Max Allen


'The rather gorgeously named rondinella grape variety (it translates as little swallow)...sings a very pretty solo as a very pale beautifully dry rosé: tangy and creamy thanks to lees-stirring in barrel. I'm not sure about the 'little swallow' bit though: I found myself taking huge gulps when I tried it.'

 

* Little swallows do flit over the rondinella vines at sundown – when this wine is ideally drunk

 

DELICIOUS MAGAZINE

By Mike Bennie

'...a bolshie rosé of jubey fruit, bustling spice and a fine dry finish....'

 

WINEFRONT

By Campbell Mattinson


'Massive drinkability to be tucked into here....Spices, earth, sweet berries, rosewater. Snappy and suede-like at once. Ripper to drink. Ever so juicy.'

91 POINTS

 

THE AUSTRALIAN

By Max Allen

'A classic (and good value) example of the pale, dry style now in vogue. Made from the Italian rondinella grape, originally from the Veneto, grown in the Hilltops region of NSW, it’s barely a rose colour at all in the glass — just the palest hint of copper, really — with lovely gentle floral aromas and is savoury, creamy and refreshingly dry on the tongue. Drink with antipasto, something salty like anchovy fritters.'

 

SCOFFERMAGAZINE.COM

'Packs a beautiful punch with loads of savoury polish.  Spicy and earthy with loads of rosewater and floral aromas. It's one of the best dry rosés made in Australia, with sour cherry and strawberry notes, and a tart sherbet taste, packing a bone dry finish.

I am not often want to wax too lyrical about wines that sit in this price bracket but heck, this is hard not to love, a lot. It's one of the surprises of my summer and perhaps autumn, maybe winter, and definitely spring. Beautifully structured, its a perfect wine for a late afternoon slurp with some charcuterie and someone nice to share it with.'

Would drink it again? My word – and loads of it.'

 

WINSOR'S CHOICE

By Winsor Dobbin

'One of Australia's best savoury rosés. It is certainly deliciously drinkable in the style of the Veneto, and extremely food friendly. A very good choice for an early-evening tipple on the back porch...'

Rondo Rosé 2015
Minimize  
 

 

FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)

By Jancis Robinson MW

'The quintessential food rosé made from the Valpolicella grape Rondinella grown in a relatively cool corner of NSW...'

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER

BEST AUSTRALIAN ROSÉS 2015

By Max Allen


'This is possibly Australia's most singular pink wine. Brian Freeman is the only person to grow the rondinella grape here; even in its homeland of Italy's Veneto region it's rarely made into varietal rosé. Very pale and dry but full of lovely grape-pulpy texture.'

 

INDAILY.COM.AU

By Philip White


'Prof Brian Freeman planted and proliferated the Italian Rondinella variety at Hilltops, near Young and Wombat in New South Wales. It’s the only incidence of this late-ripening (like May) variety in Australia. It makes fabulous deep reds, but if you gently press its juice off skins after a very short spell you’ll also get exemplary rosé like this. This wine simply doesn’t have the basket of red and pink berries we expect of a wine of such burnishing pinkness. It has the dry dusty prickle of the burlap, but its flesh is more Chinese bitter melon to sniff; maybe the smell of canteloupe peel. Quince. The flavours are quincy, too: comfortingly viscous, but never berry-like. Dry as that sack and as long and langorous in the finish as a full-bore red. A hearty bowl of spaghetti alla vongole, plenty of garlic and Italian parsley will do it. Crunchy bread and butter. Grazie.'

94 POINTS

 

MANLY DAILY

By Rick Allen

'This is one you might want to jot down...pale salmon pink but packs a wallop for a rosé. There are sweet/ sour cherry and strawberry flavours, citrus tang, rosewater and a dollop of spice, yet finishing bone dry with refreshing acidity. A serious wine drinkers rosé.'

 

NEWCASTLE HERALD

By John Lewis

'Here’s a rosé of great elegance and finesse made from the rare Italian-origin rondinella grape variety. It is very pale blush pink in the glass...the nose has rose petal aromas and delicate strawberry flavour beguiles on the front of the palate. Pink lady apple, spice and mineral characters join in on the middle palate and slatey acid refreshes at the finish.'

5 Stars

 

NATIONAL LIQUOR NEWS

'Palest pink, delicious, spicy moreish Rosé.'

 

WINESTATE

'Lifted floral nose and a pretty delicate fruit palate, some oak.'

3 STARS

 

Rondo Rosé 2013
Minimize  
 

WINE COMPANION

By James Halliday


'Pale salmon pink, has a bouquet that is half floral, half spicy; the palate dry but not aggressively so, wiith citrus zest and apple skin flavours drawn out by crisp acidity. More than just an oddball variety.'

91 POINTS

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE

By Peter Bourne


'Deliciously fragrant rosé...its pale partridge eye colour disguises the wine's more serious intentions and smooth well-structured finish confirms that intent.'

 

WINEFRONT

By Campbell Mattinson


'Salmon-coloured. Offers a good amount of savoury grip. Chalk, sweet-sour cherry, dried herbs. Intensity of flavour is up there with the best of the Rondo releases...'

91 POINTS

 

THE MERCURY

By Graeme Phillips


'Dry, savoury and deliciously food friendly.'

 

HOOKED ON WINE

By Huon Hooke


'Pale salmon pink colour; toasty nut and spice aromas - much more interesting than shrill primary fruit. Light and quaffable but also quite intense, with a lip-smacking dry finish. '

89 POINTS

 

THE AGE

By Ralph Kyte-Powell


'Blushing and rosy in colour this inviting pink wine is made from the Valpolicella grape rondinella. Cherry-like fruit, soft spice and lightly tarry aromas lead through a smooth, savoury palate of good depth and balance.'

90 POINTS

 

THE AUSTRALIAN WINE ANNUAL 2016

By Jeremy Oliver


'An interesting, dry and savoury rosé whose fragrance of raspberries and citrus blossom precedes a long,dry palate with juicy, smooth presence of cherries and berries finishes with refreshing acidity...'

89 POINTS

 

Rondo Rosé 2012
Minimize  
 

 WINE TASTE

By Tyson Stelzer

'An understated rosé of pretty pale salmon-copper hue, alluring restraint, savoury character and lingering persistence. Notes of tomato and watermelon are underlined by finely textured mouthfeel  and  lively high altitude acidity. A well-crafted and food-friendly style.'

92 POINTS

 

BEST BUY – GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE

By Max Allen

'Very pale in colour, very dry, but with exquisitely floral, pink fruit perfume and a gentle savoury creaminess as the wine sits on your tongue...Gaining a reputation as one of the country's finest, pale, dry rosés.'

 

JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2014

By James Halliday

'The pale burnt orange blush suggests a dry savoury rosé...anise, wild strawberry and bramble aromas followed by a dry, grippy palate that is refreshing and moreish.'

 

90 POINTS

 

BEST ROSÉGOOD LIVING SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

By Huon Hooke

'Pale salmon-pink colour; toasty nut and spice aromas. Light and quaffable, with a lip-smacking dry finish.'

89 POINTS

 

FEAST

By Dan Coward

'Superb, vivacious rosé...bright salmon colour, cool strawberry and nectarine and savoury funk – exciting.'

 

WINEFRONT

By Mike Bennie

'A great use for rondinella grapes... It’s a pale colour, gentle aromas too – red cherries, briar, table grapes, quince. Tastes faint and yet pristine, has some tugging chalkiness through the finish, but ostensibly provides a faintly sweet then savoury experience that looks to thirst slake rather than build complexity. Not that the wine is overly simple, delicacy of texture is the important thing here. Great to glug down, but you’d sit on it too, and for sure pour deep against a charcuterie board or something that lives in the sea...'

92 POINTS

 

DAILY TELEGRAPH

By Tony Love

'The move to paler pink and less sweetness in Australian rosés is on and this is one of the better examples...a spiced, crunchy strawberry fresh delight.'

 

CIAO MAGAZINE + WINE OF THE WEEK

By Winsor Dobbin

'A thoroughly modern rosé; spicy, savoury and bone dry, that is extremely food friendly and modelled on the wines of the Veneto. It's made from 100% rondinella and matured in old oak to add texture. Pale salmon-coloured and very refreshing, this is the perfect choice for late afternoon enjoyment.'

 

MELBOURNE REVIEW

By Andrea Frost

'A dry savoury rosé it exudes lovely aromas of berries, cherries and quince followed by a dry, creamy and savoury palate – perfect to drink on those last warm and hazy afternoons as autumn slides into winter.' 

 

DELICIOUS

By Andrea Frost

'Lovely aromas of berries and cherries followed by a dry, creamy savoury palate.'

 

CANBERRA TIMES

By Chris Shanahan

'A richly textured pale pink wine, that's more savoury than fruity. The fresh, dry palate, rich texture and savouriness put it ahead of the many too-sweet rosés on the market.'

 

MEDICAL OBSERVER

By Peter Hay

'Lovely dry rosé, salmon pink with lots of strawberry and cherry flavours that make the perfect accompaniment to a lazy lunch.Yum.'

 

AUSTRALIAN WINE REVIEW

By Andrew Graham

'Smells of onion jam, strawberry and cherry fruit, with just a little barrel ferment richness to fill things out. Very correct nose. Full, dry, textural palate...the style is  taut and just 'fruity' enough to make for generosity, giving that all-important textural richness. A really clever savoury rosé...I happily finished a bottle.'

91 POINTS

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

By Tim White

'Pretty good depth on the palate and citrus peel, sweet-sharp pear, and mouth aromas of leasy, meally things. Finishes peach fuzzy, although is still dry and toothsome.'

88 POINTS

 

PURCHASE GRAPES.COM.AU

By Patrick Eckel

'Lovely salmon to burnt orange colour, with a showing attractive red berries with a savoury twist. The palate is layered and complex with savoury strawberry fruits contrasted by nervy acidity and dusty spices. Has wonderful depth...a great option for those that like more depth in their rosé.' 

92 POINTS

 

Rondo Rosé 2010
Minimize  
 

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE

By Mike Bennie


'It has an extraordinary scent of sarsaparilla, earth and red cherries then segues to a light, fine and faintly sweet. Then there is that refreshing smack; it's a delicious rosé that could be one of the country's best.'


WINEFRONT

By Campbell Mattinson

'Freeman Rondo is getting lighter (in colour) and more savoury...I sure like the flavours. Fistfuls of dried spices for the most part, all earthen and grainy and tangy. There’s a slight hit of Turkish delight fruit sweetness but it’s such a backgrounder that you have to go looking for it. Taste-wise you won’t find a drier style of Aussie rosé...The wine is good. Benefits from a bit of air too.'

90 Points

Rondo Rosé 2009
Minimize  
 

BEST ROSÉ – GOOD LIVING SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

By Huon Hooke

'This delightful rosé, made from rondinella grapes, topped my recent rosé tasting. Palish pink-coloured, it’s light and finely textured as silk. There’s a hint of richness and it’s not too dry. The flavour and texture are delicious.’

95 Points

 

2010 ADELAIDE ADVERTISER - TOP 100

By Tony Love

'
This rosé works off the benefits of a usually fuller bodied Italian variety, rondinella, grown on NSW's western slopes and shaped into a pale salmon pink savoury style showing dried herbal notes as a backdrop to more crunchy, white-centred strawberry fruit, supported by a delicate minerally underlayer. Excellent value.'

93 Points

 

GOOD WINE GUIDE 2011

By Nick Stock

'
A pale-salmon red that really shines in the glass, it smells of light strawberry and wild red berries, fresh and bright. The palate’s dry and clean – really snappy red fruit flavours, juicy acid crunch and very clean through the finish.’

90 Points

 

THE WINEFRONT

By Campbell Mattinson

'This 2009 version seems fruitier/sweeter in its profile than the 2008 release, but it’s still red-salmon in colour and has a terrifically spicy/savoury/herbal character on the finish. For the most part it tastes jubey and of Turkish delight, the balance of acidity and fragrant fruit flavour perfectly judged. A refreshing Rosé, if ever there was one.'

91 Points


BEST BUY ROSÉ – GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE

By Peter Bourne

'For a quiet former academic, Brian Freeman is really making a lot of noise with his Australian take on Italian varieties and wine styles. This rosé has a pale onion-skin colour and spicy cranberry redcurrant aromas. It's mouthfilling flavours are clean, fresh and pleasingly dry with the depth and length of a much more serious wine.'

 

AUSTRALIAN WINE BUSINESS TOP 100

by Nick Stock

'This has light strawberry and wild red fruits, lively and alluring fragrance too. The palate's dry and clean, with savoury red fruit flavours, a flurry of juicy acid, holding clean through the finish.'

90 POINTS

ADVERTISER

By Tony Love

' ...a modern savoury version...Pale salmon pink with fresh crunchy strawberry fruit to begin... dried herbal notes as a backdrop, and a delicate minerally underlayer for texture and presence of mind.'

3 Stars

 

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

By John Fordham

'Warmer weather and rosé are perfect partners, and this Hilltops creation will win plenty of fans.'

Rondo Rosé 2008
Minimize  
 

AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION
By James Halliday

'Salmon-pink. has above-average fruit intensity; spiced red fruits run through to a quite powerful dry finish.'

90 POINTS

 

DAILY TELEGRAPH
By Tony Love

'High energy rosé using the rondinella variety and sitting in the salmon-hued niche.'

 

THE WINE FRONT
By Campbell Mattinson

‘Love the wine. Gorgeous mix of rosewater and leathery, savoury earth and spice. Has dry, grainy character through the finish and lovely delicacy through the middle. Just a joy to drink – great style and charm.’

 

CENTRAL WESTERN DAILY
By David Cumming

‘A beauty! A vibrant salmon bronze cerise colour with floral, spice and cherry aromas followed by a crisp dry, lingering palate.’

 

CANBERRA TIMES
By Fergus McGhie

‘Not your usual grape for rosé, rondinella still makes a very enjoyable style. Its delicate cherry-fruit flavours and hints of orchid flowers are perfectly suited to a lighter red style.
A touch of spice on the palate with more cherry fruit finishes dry and crisp and holds its 14% alcohol with aplomb, which is more than I can say for this reviewer.’

RATING 5 Stars

 

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
By Judy Sarris

‘This refreshing, savoury, bronze pink drop is reminiscent of rosés occasionally made in northern Italy and is an absolute pleasure to drink. Grab a bottle while you can.’

 

SUN HERALD
By Sally Gudgeon

‘This deliciously dry rosé is made from the northern Italian variety rondinella by industry boffin Brian Freeman.Match it with a platter of antipasto.’

 

AUSTRALIAN DOCTOR
By Peter Hay

'Rondinella means “little swallow” in Italian, which is a difficult notion with this wine given its deliciously spicy and refreshing palate. It hails from the Hilltops region in NSW. Freeman is known to push the boundaries, and this dry rosé style is the sort I love.'