VARIETY: Merlot (63%), Cabernet Franc (19%) and Malbec (18%)
VITICULTURE: Soils: from deep alluvium to rock ironstone. Aspect & Elevation: South-West from 210-230m above sea level at 8km from the Atlantic Ocean. Trellis & Plant Density: Spur pruned on fence type at +/- 4000 plants per hectare. Harvest dates: 7th March 2014, hand harvested from specific cooler slopes.
WINEMAKING: Cellar door: all grapes hand sorted, cooled, de-stemmed and crushed to press for 8-12hrs skin contact before settling. Fermentation: in tank using selected yeast strains at low temperature of 12.5-15 degrees Celsius. Maturation: none - racked off fermentation lees and prepared for bottling. Bottled: 5th May 2014 and is immediately ready for release. Composition: 100% tank fermented. Production: 2,945 bottles (245 x 12 cases).
TASTING NOTES: Our Rose shows brilliant carmine colour and a fresh bouquet of strawberry and red forest fruit. A carefully crafted wine using early harvested Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes for our cool sea facing sites. The style is elegant and classy on a warm summer's day. This soft, easy drinking but flavourful wine is ideally served chilled with alfresco fare or simply enjoyed in familiar company.
Residual Sugar 2.66 g/l (+/- 0.5 g/l)
Alcohol: 13.63% vol (+/- 0.2% vol)
Total Acid: 6.55 g/l (+/- 0.25 g/l)
pH: 3.07 (+/- 0.05)