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Backline "Pilou Pilou" Fleurieu Peninsula Rose 2020
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Backline "Pilou Pilou" Fleurieu Peninsula Rose 2020

After establishing careers in Australia, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell enjoyed considerable rugby success with Toulon. Their passion for the great club of Toulon and the famous rose wines of the region give rise to this wine.


“Pilou Pilou” Rose like the war cry of the warriors of Toulon is assertive, complex and dry. It calls out proudly a flavourful palate of wild red berries, citrus, melon and finishing with a fresh and vibrant acidity. It’s a rose for all day offering an immersive experience for those who cross the line.

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Regular price ggg $114.00 tttt pgw per 6 pack

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The Story of PILOU PILOU

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Both Gits and Drew remember fondly their time at Toulon in the Provence region of France. The atmosphere at Stade Mayol the home ground of Toulon is famous for a specific chant called Pilou Pilou. Toulon has a long history of rugby culture and for years the fans have made "Pilou-Pilou" their own anthem. It was first sung by a local writer, Marcel Bodrero, in the 1940s. It was then adopted by the fans who added a haka twist to it. Though, it sounds and looks very much like a folkloristic copy of the noble Pacific Haka, when chanted in a packed stadium it gives you goosebumps. It describes the Toulon players as terrible primitive warriors coming down from the mountain towards the sea (exactly what Toulon's topography is). A cheerleader leads the chants and asks fans to answer and repeat the words. It generally comes up when players get on the pitch, then early in the game and also when the team's forwards, the club's historical forte, start to dominate.

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