2016 Red Rose - 108 Varieties

2016 brings the vinous components of this vibrant wine to an epic ‘One Hundred and Eight Varieties’ aka the 2016 Red Rosé saga. “But Dave,” I hear you say “…that’s just too INSANE TO BE TRUE!!!” Well, dear potential drinker, what you (with a simple click) hold in your hand is proof irrefutable that ‘au contraire’, it is not only possible but absolutely delicious as well!

Six Bottle Price $132.00 | Dozen Price $250.80

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Production (2016):

53% of the Blend from our Stonewell Hill and Stelzer Road Blocks
36% of the Blend from Kevin Bartch’s Nursery Block
Langmeil Road Tanunda
11% of the Blend from James Lindner’s Seppelstfield Road Block
13,476 bottles were Bottled 2nd of March 2017

Colour:

Brilliant Pale Raspberry with seductive pink notes about the meniscus

Nose:

Perfectly ripe raspberries and toffee apples soar gracefully over a potpourri of fragrant rose petal , Turkish delight with a cheeky hint of yeasty autolysis and harmonious oak peeking out underneath

Palate:

Emulating a perfect raspberry and red current crush with lovely tight acidity leading through a generous fruit driven body finishing with a long lingering smear of lime and butterscotch sorbet. The rich floral characters of the Aromatic Varieties give an implied middle palate sweetness that is fully cleansed by the slightly sweet but crisp finish. Best when lightly chilled.

Philosophy:

2016 brings the vinous components of this vibrant wine to an epic ‘One Hundred and Eight Varieties’ aka the 2016 Red Rosé saga. Opportunity (and paying last year‘s fruit bill) have again come together on ‘Mt Lehmo’ to fill barrel and tank alike with a veritable plethora of delicious different grapey goodness bits. Yep for the third year running I’ve made a wine from more than one hundred different varieties. “But Dave,” I hear you say “...that’s just too INSANE TO BE TRUE!!!” Well, dear sceptical drinker, what you hold in your hand is proof irrefutable that ‘au contraire’, it is not only possible but absolutely delicious as well!

All fruit for the 2016 Red Rose was handpicked. The first pick for the 2016 Red Rose was an 800kg selection of the early ripening varieties on Kevin Bartsch’s Nursery Block in mid-February. This was followed in late February with 1.8 tonnes of Black Muscat from James Lindner’s Seppelstfield Road Block. The second picking of Kevin Bartsch’s Nursery Block supplied 1.4 tonnes of mid-season ripening fruit a couple of days later. The backbone of the 2016 Red Rose is still the 1923 Planted ‘Red Rose Block’ this supplied 4 tonne of mixed varietals which were supplemented with a mixed 2 tonnes of Shiraz and Crouchen from the boundary fence of the Stonewell Block and 750kg of Riesling from our Stelzer Road Block was all picked on the final days of February. The third and final 1.2 t pick of the late ripening varieties from Kevin Bartsch’s Nursery block finished the blend in Mid-March. As each batch of grapes came in they were Destemmed to Open Fermenters and Chilled on skins to 5 Degrees C and allowed up to 5 days skin contact. After Basket Pressing free run and Pressings were combined were sequentially filled to barrel and allowed to cold ferment on full lees to dry over generally a 5-6-week period. After the addition of SO2 the barrels spent a total of 12 month on lees before being racked together and bottled in March 2017. Released in Late March 2017

Defining its own category, the 2015 Rosé is where my artisanal soul and experimental curiosity come together in the bottle. This veritable cornucopia of varieties creates a layered and textural rosé that is a tour de force of aromatics and textured nuance bursting with drinkability and flavour! Cheers and Enjoy!

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