Rocland Estate Family Winery
2009 Royal Ass Kisser
Australia: Barossa Valley (South)
The Donkey King
We were really surprised by today’s Rocland Estate Family Winery 2009 Royal Ass Kisser. When we were offered this wine with a funny name, we expected something quite different from the wine inside the bottle. This delicious Grenache is no joke, and our tasting panel was very impressed; this wine delivers great value.
Loaded with fruit, floral and spice notes, this low-priced Aussie Grenache is really a delight to enjoy. Enjoy it all on its own or with a variety of meals. This is a very flexible wine that would go with many dishes - from pizza to burgers or pork dishes, zesty pasta or even your favorite backyard BBQ.
Vivid, beautiful garnet through and through, just slightly opaque at its core. The wine transitions to a slightly lighter edge.
Leads with flavors of red raspberry and candied cherry, followed by notes of allspice, pink peppercorn, soft leather, rose hips, and just a touch of hibiscus.
Juicy and lush on the palate, with deep fruit flavors of cranberry and raspberry leading the way. Clear and distinct notes of lavender, warm baking spice, and fresh cedar round out the flavor profile.
Light, refreshing, and surprisingly refined, this is a very easy drinking wine. Juicy tangerine and a touch of clove linger at the tip of the tongue on the finish.
This wine is perfect for a meal of homemade pizza topped with roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella.
What the Winery Says
Grenache is a late ripening variety that thrives in warmer climates such as the Barossa Valley and Mediterranean Europe. This Barossa Valley Grenache is light and silky, bright on balance, with lively raspberry and Earl Grey tea flavors that linger easily…an aristocrat with attitude.
- Sarah Siddons
- 88 Points - Wine Spectator
- Barossa Valley, Australia
- Fruit Composition
- 100% Grenache
About the Winery
In 1999, Franc Rocca and family converted a former cow paddock into a state-of-the-art winery, to be known as Rocland Estate. The easy going nature inherited from the Rocca family’s European background, together with an experienced winemaking team, combines to produce food friendly, approachable wines from Rocland’s vineyards and surrounding contracted vineyards.
Rocland Estate produces a number of wine ranges including Rocland Estate, Chocolate Box, Duck Duck Goose, Ass Kisser and most recently Petite Rocland. One of the smaller wine producers in the Barossa Valley, Rocland Estate prides itself on producing good quality, uniquely labelled wines.
In the James Halliday 2012 Wine Companion, Rocland Estate was the only South Australian winery to be awarded a Top 10 placing in ‘The best of the best’ Dark Horse Wineries of 2012.
Rocland Estate believes great wine is made from the vines, sun, rain and rich earth. The love from our vineyards to the team in the winery, we are a group of easy-going individuals, who work hard and enjoy making a great drop. Our belief is that good wine is made with passion, heart and soul. Enjoy!