2020 L.A.S. Vino Albino PNO


Most wines begin with a grape varietal or vineyard, with this wine we started with an idea. How can we create strawberries and cream in a glass? We read books on the different varieties, their aromas and characters. We found that if pinot noir was picked early, aromas of strawberries would shine in the glass. Chardonnay can give traits of butter and cream with a malolactic fermentation and stirring of the lees. The first year the wine was made we whole bunch pressed the pinot noir in the exact same way we would chardonnay, and the resulting wine was not rose as expected but white.


The Albino PNO was born.


Every year the wine is slightly different; in hue, texture and style. The years are like chapters of the same book; the characters remain the same but there is a new story to tell, the characters develop and grow, moving the story forward with time.


The pinot noir and chardonnay vineyard is situated three kilometers from the Indian ocean on a gentle north facing slope that flows into dam. It’s one of the last vineyards in Margaret River that contain Pinot Noir. The vineyard doesn’t use herbicides and pesticides and contains a healthy amount of native plants in the midrow which protude up in the vine. The soil is gravely loam with a little bit more loam than gravel. 


In comparison with other years the wine is lighter in colour and lower in alcohol, yet has body and balance through secondary ferment, regular lees stirring and the addition of Chardonnay (20%).  You can think of it as a rose if you like, but its a lot more than that. Lifted aromas of strawberries, rockmelon and cream. 


Varieties : Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay (20%)

Vineyards:  Willyabrup, Margaret River 

Soil: Gravelly loam 

Quantity: 200 doz 

Maturation: 10 months in barrique

Closure: Diam 


Previous Reviews: 

2019 Albino PNO - 95 Points The Real Review 

2018 Albino PNO - 95 Points The Real Review  

2017 Albino PNO - 96 Points (#1 of 16 Pinot blends from Aus)  The Real review 

2016 Albino PNO - 95 Points (#2 of 24 Pinot blends from Aus)  The Real review

  • 2019 L.A.S. Vino Albino PNO

    "Sunset orange-red colour with hints of gold. Scents of Aperol, rhubarb and pungent ginger fill the nose. The dry palate is rich with flavour and texture, red cherry, forest berries and cardamom are bound as one with the sleek mouthfeel and tangy acidity. An uncommon but satisfying example of rosé"


    Amanda Yallop The Real Review


    2019 L.A.S. Vino Albino PNO

    "Clear copper-crimson in colour. It's both textural and tense, its spice notes flying straight into pulpy, almost creamy, strawberried fruit flavours. There's plenty of tang here, a suggestion of smoke, a floral dynamic. It's just one of those wines that seems to have an electric charge running through it- and yet, or because of it the drinkability factor remains high."

    92 Points

    Cambell Mattinson The Wine Front 


    2018 L.A.S. Vino Albino PNO

    "Golden colour with a pink tease. Complex bouquet of strawberries, fresh figs, wild honey and peaches - the longer in the glass the more in reveals. Strong chardonnay influence on this wine - textured and concentrated mid - palate, it's powerful yet balanced. Stone fruits rather than classic red berries steering the ship. A compelling wine that re- defines the category. Deserves serious attention."


     Nick Butler, The Real Review



    2018 L.A.S. Vino Albino PNO

    "This is a lively blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. Both varieties have been matured and fermented separately with the wine going through a full secondary fermentation. Textured and highly flavoursome it is a beautiful rich and lavishly butterscotchy with a creamy, light, red fruit character. Love it... "


    Ray Jordan The West Australian

  • "Not a typical fun rosé... something more complex." 4/5 


    "Wonderful rosé! Mix of Chardonnay and pinot noir. Very distinct aroma full of strawberries and cream." 4/5


    "The Albino Pinot is a truly unique and wonderful creation. A flat table wine made out of 8 barrels of Pinot Noir and 2 of Chardonnay, the Pinot is pressed gently off its skins and both varieties fermented separately in barrel. No fining, no filtration, this is a seriously funked up Rosé." 4.5/5


    "Right up there among the top roses i've had.Apricot, melon nose (reminiscent of an orange wine id had previously). Not overly tannic, fairly balanced. Some depth and complexity (creamy, buttery). Would buy again!"  4.5/5


    "Strawberries and cream, hints of citrus and grapefruit. A familiar custard aroma with an exceptionally smooth finish. This wine is subtle and bold in all the right ways. Overall exceptional." 4.5/5 


    "Strawberries on the nose with a creamy finish. This is a particularly interesting rosé, it’s a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend but in appearance it looked a bit like an orange wine. This was remarkably smooth and I can’t wait to have this again, delicious!" 4.5/5


    "The best rose tasted, frankly speaking I don't drink rose, but. this one is exceptional from talented winemaker of L. A. S Vino. Complex butter, strawberry, mineral, herbs and many more flavors. Outstanding!" 5/5