2016 Poppy Rouge Rosé
The fruit is sourced from a 20 year old vineyard on classic Watervale soils of red loam over limestone on a westerly aspect. This "dry-grown" vineyard is hand-pruned and hand-picked and relies only on the natural rainfall. The limestone is able to retain moisture and assist the vine throughout periods of warm weather, almost drought-proofing in the summer months. Viticultural practices include vertical shoot positioning which not only encourages even ripening but provides important shade to prevent the impact of sunburn on the resultant wine.
Fruit is hand-picked, de-stemmed and cold soaked for 12 hours. After this time, the must is then gently pressed, resulting in a fine free-run cut and a pressings component. These are handled separately. The free-run juice is chilled to preserve the vineyard expression and purity of fruit. Once the juice has settled, it is racked off solids and seeded with yeast. A cool, temperature controlled fermentation is carried out over 10-14 days. The wine is chilled to 5°C and filtered prior to bottling.
pH 3.05 TA 7.0 g/L ALC 12.5% RS 3/g/L
Nick Walker, David O'Leary
Delicate pink with pale crimson hues.
Strawberries and cream, bright red berry fruits and vibrant florals.
Elegant, textural and fine. Juicy generous fruit weight, supple and refreshing.
A great conversation wine and approachable dry style. Chill for tapas on a sunny spring day.
Drink now and enjoy!
Made for purpose. Picked slightly earlier than usual. Cold soaking extracts colour and flavour from the skins resulting in a bright, zesty style.