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The first pick of the 2018 vintage (March 5), we harvested a little Grenache and Cinsault – ideal Rose varieties – from a vineyard to the east of Rutherglen (Browns Plains). To this we added a handful of buckets (maybe 10% total) Ugni Blanc, which we basket pressed the two red varieties through. 100% whole bunch pressed, ahead of a natural ferment, and four months in tank with regular lees stirring.

We figure if you are going to copy a certain style, you may as well copy the best, and this is unashamedly in the mould of a Côtes de Provence. Pale copper/pink, dry and delicate with mouth-watering acidity; Grenache provides the just-ripe strawberry and red berry fruits, Cinsault adds palate weight and mouthfeel, and the Ugni Blanc mid palate texture and crunchy acidity.

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2018 Rose (Grenache/Cinsault/Ugni Blanc)
Rutherglen (Browns Plains)
69 dozen made
2018 Rose Tasting Note
$24/bottleBUY

Made from Grenache and Cinsault, with just a little help from Ugni Blanc - we're in Rutherglen country here. Ultra pale, ultra fragrant, ultra textural, and then both dry and juicy. How's that for nailing it? It's floral, but from there it's more about texture than flavour, in a good way. Pomegranate maybe, watermelon, spiced apple - drinking it is like sweeping through a chicane. 92 points.
Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front