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2007 Charles Mel­ton Rose of Vir­ginia HOW do you beat a hot, drought-af­fected and early vin­tage and still come up with a top-class rose us­ing a dis­tinctly quixotic mix of grapes? I’m not sure I know the an­swer, but the 2007 Rose of Vir­ginia (94 points, $20) is up to Mel­ton’s best. It has 53 per cent grenache, 21 per cent caber­net sauvi­gnon and 13 per cent each of shi­raz and pinot me­u­nier. Af­ter brief skin con­tact the juice was pressed, then cold fer­mented for six weeks. Vivid pur­ple-red, it has vi­brant red fruits with a twist of lemon and gives ab­so­lutely no clue about the vi­cis­si­tudes of the vin­tage. It is widely dis­trib­uted through the best restau­rants of Melbourne and Syd­ney, and in­de­pen­dent fine wine re­tail­ers. Drink it now, in its glo­ri­ous youth. www.charlesmelton­ James Halliday

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