Daylight between Nocturne and chasing pack with 96-point rosé

We’ve had the pleasure of having fun-loving Alana and Julian Langworthy of Nocturne in the portfolio for some years, but most months there’s a big fat ‘Sold Out’ sign next to the wines.

It’s a good thing in some respects – I mean, clearly people are buying them (quickly) and enjoying them (probably also quickly). But it also makes it hard for any but the most eagle-eyed and decisive wine-lovers to get their hands on them.

Miraculously, we do still have a little of one wine left: the 2019 Nocturne SR rosé. The wine brings together 60% Sangiovese with 40% Nebbiolo from the Margaret River sub-region of Carbunup. The Sangiovese is lighter, finer and slightly more ethereal, while the Nebbiolo allows some chew, grip and grown-up appeal.

The Langworthys recommend drinking it from magnum, on a boat, wearing white. And a 96-point review from James Halliday – a particularly whopping score for a pink wine – suggests that even a more modest setting for knocking back your Nocturne might work OK.

2019 Nocturne Sub-Regional Sangiovese Nebbiolo Rosé $32

Very complex vinification with different pathways for 60% sangiovese and 40% nebbiolo. It’s worked brilliantly, the blend a perfumed garden of red flowers led by roses. The wine is equally expressive in the mouth, yet treads lightly thanks to the absence of heavy phenolics et al. A wine to be revered yet quickly consumed – have your wine and drink it.

96 points. James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

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