2016 has been phenomenal, despite the dry season our approach to sustainable wine grape growing has ensured this harvest was overflowing with great fruit quality. The season was challenging, a result of prolonged dry periods and a warm December but we had few days above 40oC and then a much needed rain event came late in January. This was the turning point of our vintage, as the exhausted vineyards inhaled the relief of 48mm of rain, the vines were now set, absorbing the light to bring on the flavours and textures to see way for another great harvest.
An experimental wine, it does showcase the versatility of our Montepulciano. The fruit was handpicked on 24/03/16 and destemmed into an open top fermenter. The process did see extended skin contact to encourage a more savoury, dry finish with exceptional textural length. Six months in seasoned French hogsheads with élevage taking place in our underground barrel store. The wine is unfiltered and true to our winemaking philosophy; minimal intervention winemaking practices were employed.
This wine is a little darker in colour but still light enough to see through. It’s soft and fruit driven. Raspberries and strawberries are quite evident on the nose with hints of toffee and cinnamon. A good touch of spice and a very dry finish. It’s a 1 litre bottle and best served chilled right down and shared with good friends.
The Montepulciano vineyard is located on our Stonewell Estate. Fruit for the Rosé is from our second planting  of this Italian indigenous variety. Trained onto single cordon wire, the canopies produced from the well-established bilateral cordons are managed using a VSP [vertical shoot positioning] trellising system. This variety is very fruitful and assists with growing intensely flavoured, yet balanced fruit. Bunch thinning is carried out twice post vérasion. The brown clay soils have shallow underlying sedimentary bedrock.