Rosé

This is the first Rosé we have ever released and is made from the Hunter’s leading red grape variety, Shiraz.

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2016

2016 Rose - FSRegion: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 12.5%

Background: This is the first Rosé we have ever released and is made from the Hunter’s leading red grape variety, Shiraz.

Fruit source: Ken Braye’s personal shiraz vineyard on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin. 15 year old vines.

Fermentation: Once crushed, the must was allowed to cold soak for 2 days to allow colour extraction before some of the juice was ‘bled’ off the Shiraz ferment. The coloured juice was then fermented in a stainless steel tank.

Maturation: No maturation was undertaken for this wine and was bottled in May 2016.

Winemaker’s comments: The 2016 vintage had a shakey start with a lot of rainfall. Semillon did well, but Chardonnay suffered the most in the white varieties. Luckily the rain cleared for the bulk of the Shiraz harvest and the results are very pleasing.

Tasting note: A lovely bright salmon pink in colour, the nose features strawberry topping, rose petals and nuances of lychees. There is lingering flavour with a crisp clean finish. This is neither a sweet nor a dry Rosé and will suit many tastes.

Cellaring estimate: Short term, but may surprise.

Suggested food match: A wide range of foods, including Asian cuisine, or just chilled by its self.

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