Rosé Pinot Noir Rose 2010
One of the most exciting recent developments for American gastronomy is this new, deliciously dry, richly pink Pinot Noir Rosé. The subtler aroma, the lighter body and the savory finish of this Rosé makes it versatile and food friendly.
Rather than carrying residual sweetness (like many of the old fashioned roses) Rosé finishes with a wonderful dryness, making it a great match for savory food – calamari and salads, grilled chicken and garlic encrusted lamb.
In 2005 we produced Rosé our first Pinot Noir blush or Rosé wine. Everybody loved it and we quickly sold out. Since then we have received hundreds of requests to Bring back the Rosé! so we are once again making Rosé.
Rosé is a limited production (just 160 cases produced) of a single Pinot Noir vineyard produced with rosé as the primary objective.
Produced using the skin contact method where the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically one to three days. The must is then pressed, and some of the skins are discarded rather than left in contact throughout fermentation, as in normal red wine production.
The skins contain much of the astringent tannin and other compounds, thereby leaving the structure softer but with the fermentation complete so there is no residual sugar or sweetness. Because the longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more intense the color and flavor of the final wine we ensure maceration continues only until the flavor profile is exactly where we want it to be.
Bottled using screwcap this is a richly coloured wine for a rosé. A nose of vibrant fruit, lightly steely with a peach skin over lemon citrus character. Quite richly rounded on the palate but nicely defined and fresh, with lively acidity behind the fruit which has a delicious, gently rounded character. This little note of richness comes through to the end, but always well balanced. A surprisingly good, dry but tasty wine.