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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2020 was a very high-quality vintage, virtually every pick, throughout the entire region has been approximately 50 per cent down, with some varieties yield being down by 70 per cent. It really has caught all viticulturalists by surprise as by appearance the crops look generally on par with most other seasons. The real difference is in bunch and berry size – they are considerably small. On the upside of that – tiny berries equal lots of intensity and flavour.
In sum, the 2020 fruit will make outstanding wines, but very little of them, making this vintage a very rare one.
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.