This year, our Rosé was made as a cuveé of two old grenache vineyards, one adjacent the old Watervale Hotel and the other, a vineyard in Leasingham that was planted in 1944.
Both vineyards are well suited to making Rosé, possessing larger, juicier berries that have lower skin to juice ratios, thus maximising flavour. Both vineyards are hand pruned and hard harvested and managed in a very sustainable way.
Picked earlier that would otherwise for a fuller bodied red wine, both vineyards were harvested around 12.5 degrees Baumé to ensure freshness and a savoury to red cherry flavour spectum was achieved. Only given one hour skin contact, both parcels were gently pressed off and cold settled before fermenting cool at 13 degrees for 3 weeks. 0.65% of dry grown Mataro was added to introduce some additional spicy and savoury notes.
Pale salmon pink in colour with brillant clarity and appearance.
Rose petal, raspberries and alluring spring garden perfumes.
A very inviting and fresh wine, bringing together the flavours of red cherries, oriental spices and rose petals, beautifully balanced with zesty natural acidity and a touch of naturally retained grape sweetness. Although made to enjoy whilst young, additional benefit will be attained from one to two years of careful cellaring.
As a variety, Semillon is so well suited to the Clare Valley, just like Riesling, it benefits from the elevated landscapes, fertile soils and higher natural rainfall of the region. A cooler, wetter 2016 Clare Valley vintage was considered near perfect, with favourable conditions slowing down the ripening process and enabling full development of the varieties classic lemon, cut grass and floral notes.
One hundred percent barrel fermentation and maturation for six months in new and one year old French oak barrels has complemented and enhanced the fresh varietal vineyard characteristics of the Semillon grape; citrus and cut grass. Twice weekly battonage (lees stirring) has added to the wines complexity and creamy palate structure.
Very pale straw in colour with brilliant clarity and youthful green tints.
Lifted floral notes and intense lemony flavours with hints of cut grass and oak spices.
The delicate flavours of lemon curd, French oak creaminess and zesty natural acidity are classic features of the wines lingering finish. Fresh and lively in its youth but possessing serious ageing potential with careful cellaring.