As with true Saignee method rose, this wine is a delicate deep salmon blush colour with a hint of bright coral. There are intense aromatics of ripe cherry and raspberries with a hint of creamy brulee. A full flavoured palate, quite deceptive from its colour, is balanced with a clean crisp finish. Made in a drier style, this wine makes for perfect drinking on a balmy summer evening. Designed to be enjoyed within 3-5 years of bottling to enjoy the fresh, full flavours
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The 2021 season posed some challenges with rain in early February followed by unseasonably cool temperatures delaying the start of the white harvest, although slowing everything down and allowing the flavour to develop was the benefit in the end.
The rain and cooler temperatures gave reds a much-needed drink, allowed colour to intensify and the following warmer finish allowed them to maximise flavour expression.
In the end, vintage 2021 started late, finished early and across the board quality very, very good!
Fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to prevent oxidation and retain flavour. All juice for this wine was using the traditional ‘Saignee’ method. This gives us several distinct benefits, firstly it provides a concentration effect on our premium ‘Estate’, secondly it provides fully ripened fruit characters from premium vineyards for our rose and lastly it controls the amount of tannin and colour extraction. Once the free run is drained the wine is treated like most white wines, settled and fermented cool to retain freshness and fruit intensity.