ROSÉ Les Terrasses 2016

Classic European styled dry and vibrant Rosé. Bright and fresh with aromas of red fruits, watermelon, and violets with zest, texture and length.


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About the Vintage

The Season

A superb season, very warm and with minimal rainfall. Uniform bud burst, no frost issues, and with great weather over flowering/fruit-set. The good weather continued all the way until harvest and there were no disease or picking issues to contend with. Ideal.

The Winemaking

The fruit is picked early to limit potential alcohol and retain maximum freshness and vibrancy. Each parcel of fruit was destemmed and crushed before being pressed immediately in a short two hour cycle, lightly to ensure minimal colour and tannin extraction. Fermentation began naturally, in tank, and the wine fermented to near dryness. Post ferment the wine was racked onto light lees until being filtered for bottling. In keeping with our winemaking philosophy this wine has not been fined or cold stabilised.

The Vineyard

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from our Syrah block at our Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. Vineyard soils are predominantly loam and gravel based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. A portion of the vines are at 1.0m. All the vines are of the Mass selected ‘Limmer’ clone on a mix of Riparia Gloire, 3309, 101-14 and Schwarzmann rootstocks. Each parcel of fruit is transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and extensive crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels of approximately 1kg/vine.

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The Accolades

4 stars Winestate / Michael Cooper

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4 stars Raymond Chan
½ 4.5 stars Michael Cooper,
Best Buy Rosé in 2015 Wine Guide
92 points Bob Campbell

4 stars Michael Cooper
3 stars Raymond Chan

ROSÉ Les Terrasses 2016

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