Of all the wineries visited on the journey thus far, the Arrogant Frog label is the one most familiar to me. The Arrogant Frog Rose is a regular table wine shared amongst friends for the attainable price of $13 from Dan Murphy’s.
Before the tour began, we had some free time to meander around the restaurant, lobby and store. Wow what a difference in price! Wine for just $5 a bottle? Magnums for just $20 a bottle? What a contrast to the Champagne.
What a magnificent day, we started with a wine safari through the vineyards with a guided dirt bike expedition, followed by a tour of the barrels and vats, and finishing with a horse ride through the vineyards, and yes it was as picturesque as it sounds.
Walking through the doors to the wine tasting, I was in shock. There would’ve been about 40 wines laid out. Are we trying all of those!? Alas we only went through the white wines and we proceeded to take only 6 Rose and Red options to sample with lunch..
Something magical happened at this lunch that emphasized my palatial developments from the trip thus far. As mentioned before, the Arrogant Frog Rose was the wine from Jean Claud Paul’s range that was my most commonly consumed in Melbourne. Upon comparing and tasting the Arrogant Frog Rose against JC’s other Rose labels, the Arrogant Frog did not stand up in quality and was my least favourite of the Rose range. The Astelia and Cote Mas however, were fantastic! Both less syrupy, less sweet and with greater depth of flavour.
Jean Claud was extremely generous with his time, and what an honour to meet the man that is the Arrogant Frog!