In a co-operative effort with our good friends and neighbours at Medhurst Wines, we have produced our first Rosé. The fruit was sourced from Medhurst and the wine was made there under our direction.
So, while not an estate wine, it's the next best thing
Region: Yarra Valley
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Shiraz 40%
The 2015/16 season was notable for the unusually hot spring weather, especially during September and October. This pushed the vines forward and ripening was quicker than normal. Consequently, harvest was early and rapid since all grapes seem to be ripe at the same time.
Made from two varieties, hand-picked and pressed together as whole bunches. Half the juice was fermented with indigenous yeast in older barrels and the remaining portion fermented in tank. Both parcels were left on lees for six months. Bottled in November 2016. Winemaking is kept simple to allow the natural fruit flavours free rein.
Analysis: Alcohol: 13.0% pH: 3.40 T/A: 5.6 g/l
Pale salmon pink.
The aroma is lifted and reminiscent of summer berries.
Smooth, rounded and long on the finish, this is quite a rich Rosé style with plenty of structure and body. It has the flavour to match a wide range of foods. Anything Mediterranean, especially salade Nicoise, will work beautifully with this wine.
Ideal for drinking now and in the short term.
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